london-based practice, IF_DO, designs the dulwich pavilion — a new temporary events pavilion at the dulwich picture gallery — which engages with the adjacent buildings, landscape, and visitors alike, for this year’s london festival of architecture in united kingdom. the emerging architecture group proposes a marriage of moving mirrored screens, a wide-spanning timber roof and a bright metal mesh to form the background of a summer of artistic and cultural events while paying tribute to sir john soane’s iconic dulwich picture gallery on its 200th anniversary since opening. the pavilion is a transformative project for the dulwich picture gallery, a breakthrough moment for a young architecture practice, and an important legacy for the london festival of architecture 2017.


the pavilion joins adjacent buildings, landscape, and visitors



during the autumn of 2016, the london festival of architecture and dulwich picture gallery launched the pavilion design competition. entrants were challenged to design a modern response to the original soane building and its surrounding landscape, while working with a modest construction budget of just over $120,000. IF_DO architects overcame the competition from a field of 75 entries with their ‘after image’ design for the dulwich pavilion. it was chosen by a judging panel of leading architectural and cultural figures.


the dulwich pavilion is a response to the original soane building and its surrounding environment



IF_DO’s design is based on an extensible communication with sir john soane’s gallery building and the ever-changing nature of the landscape. structurally the pavilion is lightweight and minimal, comprising a timber truss roof overlaid with a mesh veil creating a canopy-like environment that enhances the layering of images and the interplay of space, perception and memory: this year’s london festival of architecture theme. the roof configuration is suspended over a level timber deck supported on three fixed slender mirrored panels. the reflective quality of the mirrored screens reflects and disrupts the context. fragments of the building appear in the landscape, and fragments of the landscape in the building. all of the remaining wall panels are moveable or removable, creating a flexible space enabling numerous configurations for different events.


emerging and established talent should sit side by side in a city that is constantly reinventing itself


a timber truss roof is suspended over a level timber deck supported on fixed slender mirrored panels


the pavilion’s structure is developed through close collaboration between architects, engineers and fabricators


the pavilion has been designed to allow efficient construction and minimum environmental impact


a unique public structure in an exceptional setting


it is a fantastic building that offers a delightful solution to practical problems


the pavilion extends into the surrounding landscape allowing the gallery to meet increasing visitor demand


a flexible space enabling numerous configurations for different events


fragments of the building appear in the landscape, and fragments of the landscape in the building


the dulwich pavilion opens to the public on june 2nd and will be open until october 8th 2017



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