The Dulwich Pavilion by IF_DO

The Dulwich Pavilion

A new temporary events pavilion at Dulwich Picture Gallery designed by emerging architecture practice IF_DO – opens for the summer on Friday 2 June.

The Dulwich Pavilion
Photo © Joakim Boren

The Dulwich Pavilion is a transformative project for Dulwich Picture Gallery and Almacantar, a breakthrough moment for a young architecture practice, and an important legacy for the London Festival of Architecture 2017.

The Dulwich Pavilion
Photo © Joakim Boren

The Gallery’s first pavilion extends into the surrounding landscape, celebrating Soane’s original architecture and allowing the Gallery to overcome a lack of existing space and meet increasing visitor demand. IF_DO’s design offers a model for other cultural institutions facing similar issues, and responds to the LFA’s mission to champion London architecture and promote positive change to the city’s public realm.

The Dulwich Pavilion
Photo © Joakim Boren

The London Festival of Architecture and Dulwich Picture Gallery launched the pavilion design competition in autumn 2016, with support from Almacantar. Entrants were challenged to design a contemporary response to the original Soane building and its garden setting, while working with a modest construction budget of just over £100,000.

The Dulwich Pavilion
Photo © Joakim Boren

The Dulwich Pavilion has been designed as a temporary public structure, which engages with the adjacent buildings, landscape and visitors alike. Conceptually it responds to the solidity and monolithic nature of Sir John Soane’s Gallery building, and the porous, ever-changing nature of the landscape.

The Dulwich Pavilion
Photo © Joakim Boren

Structurally the pavilion is lightweight and minimal, comprising a timber truss roof suspended over a level timber deck supported on three fixed slender mirrored panels. All of the remaining wall panels are moveable or removable, creating a flexible space enabling numerous configurations for different events. A fixed bar/café pod opens up when in use to reveal a serving area.

The Dulwich Pavilion
Photo © Joakim Boren

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. The roof overlaid with a mesh veil creates 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 Dulwich Pavilion
Photo © Joakim Boren

The pavilion’s elegant structure, developed through close collaboration between the architects, engineers and fabricators, demanded precision in both design and manufacture. Bespoke steel, aluminium and timber components were all fabricated by Weber Industries in their Peckham studio, before the structure was assembled on site.

The Dulwich Pavilion
Photo © Joakim Boren

The pavilion has been engineered by StructureMode to allow efficient construction, with minimum disruption and environmental impact to the historic grounds. The Dulwich Pavilion will be free to explore all summer with free themed Friday Lates in June and July including admission to the Permanent Collection. The Pavilion Bar will be run by the team behind The Camberwell Arms.
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The Dulwich Pavilion
Photo © Joakim Boren
  • Location: London, UK
  • Architect: IF_DO
  • Structural engineer: StructureMode
  • Fabricator: Weber Industries
  • Client: Dulwich Picture Gallery, London Festival of Architecture and Almacantar
  • Gross internal area: 192 sq.m
  • Construction cost: £110,000
  • Completion: 26 May 2017
  • Photographs: Joakim Boren, Courtesy of IF_DO
The Dulwich Pavilion
Photo © Joakim Boren
The Dulwich Pavilion
Photo © Joakim Boren
The Dulwich Pavilion
Photo © Joakim Boren
The Dulwich Pavilion
Photo © Joakim Boren
The Dulwich Pavilion
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The Dulwich Pavilion
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The Dulwich Pavilion
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