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IF_DO win first Dulwich Pavilion design competition

  • After Image CGI render, © Forbes Massie

    After Image CGI render, © Forbes Massie
  • After Image model, photograph © Simon Webb

    After Image model, photograph © Simon Webb
  • After Image CGI render, © Forbes Massie

     After Image CGI render, © Forbes Massie
  • After Image CGI render, © Forbes Massie

    After Image CGI render, © Forbes Massie

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Dulwich Picture Gallery and the London Festival of Architecture today announce that IF_DO will design the very first ‘Dulwich Pavilion’, a temporary events structure in the Gallery’s historic grounds. The final design was chosen by a panel of judges including owner of the River Café, Ruth Rogers, architect Carl Turner and Dulwich Picture Gallery Director, Ian A C Dejardin. The project has been made possible through the generous support of Almacantar.

The pavilion will host a vibrant programme of public events celebrating the Gallery’s bicentenary year and will open to the public at the beginning of the London Festival of Architecture on 1 June 2017. 

IF_DO are a young architecture practice based in Camberwell, south London. The practice was established in 2014 by Al Scott, Sarah Castle and Thomas Bryans.

Their design, ‘After Image’ responds to the solidity and monolithic nature of Sir John Soane’s gallery building, and the porous, ever-changing nature of the landscape. A series of translucent mirrored screens – some fixed, some moveable – reflect and disrupt the context. The lightweight structure also features a timber truss roof overlaid with a mesh veil to create a canopy-like environment that enhances the layering of images and the interplay of space, perception and memory.

Al Scott, Director at IF_DO said:
“Being selected for the Dulwich Pavilion gives us a really exciting opportunity to create an inspirational structure for the London Festival of Architecture. Blurring the boundary between gallery and landscape, the pavilion creates a heightened sensory experience through a series of unfolding, translucent mirrored screens, inspired by the work of Sir John Soane.”

The partnership between Dulwich Picture Gallery and the London Festival of Architecture gave emerging architects an opportunity to create a response to the original Gallery building – an innovative design by Sir John Soane and extended by Rick Mather – and its beautiful garden setting. 

IF_DO overcame competition from a field of 75 entries, and at the final selection stage were shortlisted alongside Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Pernilla Ohrstedt and a collaboration between Tom Benton Architects, Hayatsu Architects and MJ Wells.

The competition was judged by a panel of leading architectural and cultural figures including:
Ian A C Dejardin (Sackler Director, Dulwich Picture Gallery)
Kirsten Dunne (Senior Cultural Strategy Officer, Greater London Authority)
Nancy Durrant (Arts Commissioning Editor, The Times)
Ruth Rogers (Chef and founder, River Café)
Tamsie Thomson (Director, London Festival of Architecture)
Carl Turner (Founder and Director, Carl Turner Architects)
Mike Hussey (Chief Executive, Almacantar)

Commenting on IF_DO’s winning entry, panel member Carl Turner said:
“Simple but sophisticated, edgy but engaging, IF_DO’s pavilion has many layers, but most importantly is conceived as an attractor for a new audience, designed to reach out to a wider public helped all the more that the practice are based in neighbouring Camberwell.’

Ian A C Dejardin, Sackler Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery, said:
“I am delighted to be able to report that emerging talent in architecture is flourishing – this was no easy choice. IF_DO dazzled, however, with their thoughtful, thought-provoking concept, harmonizing in subtle ways with Sir John Soane and his great building, playing games with image and reflection, evoking the loveliness of the garden and its trees. Children will want to play in it; adults will want to stop and think; performers will revel in it. I congratulate them and the other young architects who entered the competition with such enthusiasm, dedication and hard work.”


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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 theme for the 2017 event, which runs from 1-30 June across the capital, is ‘memory’. The partnership with Dulwich Picture Gallery epitomises the London Festival of Architecture's 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 world’s first purpose built public gallery, and will celebrate its bicentenary in 2017. The Dulwich Pavilion will be a transformative project for the gallery, allowing it to overcome a lack of existing space and meet the demand of an increasing number of visitors, allowing it to stage an ambitious celebratory programme of exhibitions, events, lectures and learning activities. The Dulwich Pavilion will be at the heart of the gallery’s bicentenary celebrations, and will help the gallery attract new audiences and work towards a sustainable future thanks to new revenue streams.

Almacantar is a property investment and development company. It specialises in large-scale, complex investments in Central London, with the potential to create long-term value through development, repositioning or active asset management. Almacantar launched in 2010 and owns over 1.5 million sq. ft. of prime assets in the heart of London including Centre Point, Marble Arch Place, CAA House, One and Two Southbank Place and 125 Shaftesbury Avenue. Centre Point, Marble Arch Place and Southbank Place represent approximately one million sq.ft. of new development aimed specifically at the central London markets of the West End and South Bank where supply of high quality mixed-use schemes is constrained. Further details can be found on Almacantar’s website

Louisa Bee (for Dulwich Picture Gallery)
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Goodfellow Communications (for London Festival of Architecture)