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Open Call for a temporary outdoor events pavilion at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Update: 14/12/2016

The London Festival of Architecture and Dulwich Picture Gallery have announced four shortlisted practices to develop proposals for the ‘Dulwich Pavilion’ – a temporary events structure in the gallery’s historic grounds, and the focus of a vibrant programme of public events during the London Festival of Architecture in June 2017. Each design proposal will be led by an emerging architect with no more than seven years since graduation – an invaluable opportunity to develop an individual creative platform.

The four shortlisted practices are:

  1.  Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios / @FCBStudios

  1. IF_DO / @if_do

  1. Pernilla Ohrsted @Pernilla_O

  1. Tom Benton Architects/Hayatsu Architects/MJ Wells

Dulwich Picture Gallery and The London Festival of Architecture today announce a competition inviting talented, emerging architects to create a ‘Dulwich Pavilion’ a temporary events structure in the Gallery’s historic grounds. The Pavilion will be the stage for a vibrant programme of public events, and will open in June 2017 to celebrate the Festival and the Gallery's 200th anniversary.

The competition provides architects with the opportunity to respond to the space and logistical challenges that the Gallery faces due to its increased popularity. Entries will be judged by a panel of leading architectural and cultural figures including, Nancy Durrant (Arts Commissioning Editor, The Times), Ruth Rogers (Chef and Co-founder, River Café), Tamsie Thomson (Director, London Festival of Architecture), Carl Turner (Founder and Director, Carl Turner Architects) and Ian A C Dejardin (Sackler Director, Dulwich Picture Gallery)

In 2017 Dulwich will celebrate 200 years of being open to the public in 2017. The Dulwich Pavilion will be at the heart of the gallery’s bicentenary celebrations, allowing it to stage an ambitious celebratory programme of exhibitions, events, lectures and learning activities whilst helping the Gallery attract new audiences and work towards a sustainable future.

The London Festival of Architecture is the world’s largest annual architecture festival. In June 2017 it will celebrate 13 years of innovation and design, through a programme that celebrates London as a global architectural hub and promotes positive change to its public realm. The partnership with Dulwich Picture Gallery epitomises the London Festival of Archiecture’s mission to support London architectural talent, enthuse and engage with the public, and find new ways to look at familiar places.

London Festival of Architecture director Tamsie Thomson said:

“The Dulwich Pavilion project will be a highlight of the London Festival of Architecture 2017, and brings together the world’s oldest public gallery and the world’s largest public architecture festival. The result will showcase emerging architectural talent, address some real practical issues facing Dulwich Picture Gallery, and offer a model that could be applied elsewhere. The competition is a fantastic opportunity for emerging architects to be inspired by the spirit and character of Soane’s building, and to produce a mini-masterpiece of their own.”

Initial expressions of interest from emerging practices are invited by 25 November. Up to three shortlisted practices will be invited to develop a design concept and awarded an honorarium of £500. A winning entry will be chosen in January and the pavilion will be constructed in Spring 2017 to open at the beginning of the London Festival of Architecture on 1 June 2017.

Further information on entry requirements and eligibility criteria is available at:

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Deadline for expressions of interest is Midday, 25th November 2016. Submissions received after time this will not be considered.