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Dulwich Pavilion to return in 2019

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The London Festival of Architecture and Dulwich Picture Gallery are on the lookout for emerging architects to create the second ‘Dulwich Pavilion’ - a temporary outdoor visitor welcome space within the historic grounds of Dulwich Picture Gallery to be opened in summer 2019 following a public exhibition of the shortlisted designs during the London Festival of Architecture this June.

The project builds on the success of the first ever Dulwich Pavilion - After Image by Bermondsey-based practice IF_DO - which was one of the triumphs of the London Festival of Architecture in 2017 and the Gallery’s bicentenary year. As well as helping the Gallery to overcome constraints for learning activities, attract new audiences and broaden its appeal to a wider demographic, the pavilion achieved critical acclaim and won multiple awards. The project was transformational for the Gallery as well as IF_DO: their first competition win resulted in global exposure, leading to a series of exciting new commissions that have enabled the practice to triple in size.

A full press pack - including the call for entries document and images of the 2017 Dulwich Pavilion can be downloaded here.

The London Festival of Architecture and Dulwich Picture Gallery now invite emerging architects to submit a portfolio based expression of interest to design the second ‘Dulwich Pavilion’. The primary objective of the 2019 structure will be to offer visitors a refreshing welcome and orientation space to set the tone for their visit. The Gallery’s original building by Sir John Soane is recognised as an architectural masterpiece, and the competition organisers are looking for responses that reflect Soane’s innovative, high quality and problem-solving approach.

Following shortlisting by a panel of industry experts and cultural figures, models by six shortlisted practices will be on public display at the Dulwich Picture Gallery from June-July 2018 as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture, with the opportunity for visitors to enter a public vote for their preferred design.

The Dulwich Pavilion judging panel comprises leading architectural and cultural figures as follows:

Mary Duggan: Director, Mary Duggan Architects
Tom Dyckhoff: writer and historian
Al Scott: Director, IF_DO
Jennifer Scott: The Sackler Director, Dulwich Picture Gallery
Tamsie Thomson: Director, London Festival of Architecture
Stefan Turnball: Trustee, Dulwich Picture Gallery
Oliver Wainwright: architecture and design critic, The Guardian

The winning design, selected by the panel and public vote combined, will be constructed at the Dulwich Picture Gallery to open for the London Festival of Architecture in June 2019.

The deadline for first stage expressions of interest is 5.00pm on Monday 9 April 2018. Further information on entry requirements and eligibility criteria is available at and

Jennifer Scott, The Sackler Director of The Dulwich Picture Gallery, said:

"The 2017 Pavilion was an extraordinary project which highlighted the potential of contemporary architecture and creative programming to engage visitors and enhance the Dulwich Picture Gallery experience. With the 2019 Pavilion competition we are throwing down the gauntlet to emerging architects to address how a temporary structure can offer inspiring solutions to practical visitor needs while entering into conversation with the historical excellence of Soane's ground-breaking original design. I am excited to see what will emerge."

Tamsie Thomson, Director of the London Festival of Architecture, said:

“We’re delighted to be working with the Dulwich Picture Gallery again, and looking forward to the installation of the second Dulwich Pavilion. The project is a fantastic opportunity for emerging architects and, as the first Dulwich Pavilion demonstrated, is not only a springboard to success but also a wonderful way to engage the wider public in London’s dazzling architectural scene.”

Al Scott, Director at IF_DO, said:

“As a young and emerging architecture practice, the Dulwich Pavilion project gave us the opportunity to design a new public structure for notable clients, in an exceptional location.  The trust placed in us by the Dulwich Picture Gallery, with the support of Tamsie Thomson at the LFA, gave us the freedom and confidence to deliver the building as we conceived it, which was a truly amazing and experience. It was enjoyable to watch the pavilion in use over the summer, and the memory of the experience will stick with us as a turning point for IF_DO.”


Notes to editors

The London Festival of Architecture is the worlds largest annual architecture festival. In June 2018 it will celebrate 14 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 theme for the 2018 event, which runs from 1-30 June across the capital, is ‘identity. The partnership with Dulwich Picture Gallery epitomises the London Festival of Architectures mission to support London architectural talent, enthuse and engage with the public, and find new ways to look at familiar places.

Dulwich Picture Gallery is the worlds first purpose built public gallery housing a collection of Old Master paintings alongside an internationally renowned exhibition programme. Entering Sir John Soane’s building visitors discover a surprisingly intimate gallery space that encourages contemplation and the discovery of personal connections with historic works of art.   . The Gallery is a registered charity with income from ticket sales accounting for 22% of the Gallery’s annual running costs and the remainder raised through a mix of fundraising, retail and private hire activity.  The Dulwich Pavilion series is a transformative project for the Gallery, allowing it to test solutions to overcome a lack of existing space and introduce a wider audience to its collection and programme.


Goodfellow Communications (for London Festival of Architecture)
020 3633 2077

Louisa Bee (for Dulwich Picture Gallery)
020 8299 8710