Dulwich Picture Gallery and the London Festival of Architecture have announced six shortlisted architectural practices to develop proposals for the second ‘Dulwich Pavilion’ – a temporary, outdoor visitor welcome and public events space within the historic grounds of Dulwich Picture Gallery.
The practices will develop designs in response to a site-specific brief. An exhibition of the models will be on display at Dulwich Picture Gallery during the London Festival of Architecture from June – July 2018 as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture. During June the public will have the chance to vote for their favourite design. The winning proposal will be revealed in July ahead of construction – subject to planning consent – at Dulwich Picture Gallery in time for the London Festival of Architecture in June 2019. 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 to the Gallery.
The six shortlisted practices are:
1. Casswell Bank Architects www.casswellbank.com
Casswell Bank Architects was founded in 2015 by Alex Bank and Sam Casswell. The practice’s emphasis on identifying and understanding architectural character is demonstrated in a portfolio of projects for different uses at a range of scales, including commissions from cultural organisations and reconfigurations of historic institutions.
2. e10 Studio www.e10studio.co.uk
e10 is a London based design studio formed around a network of collaborators, including researchers, designers and makers. By drawing upon the diverse disciplines of its team they develop a nimble response to projects with conceptual clarity and care for craft. Central to all work by the studio is the commitment to enrich the built environment whether it be through architectural design, research, curation or construction.
3. Flea Folly Architects www.fleafollyarchitects.com @fleafolly
Flea Folly Architects was founded in 2013, by architects and ‘spatial story-tellers’ Pascal Bronner and Thomas Hillier. Striving to create enjoyable architecture at even the smallest of scales, the practice combines a strong sense of narrative and detailed model-making skills to create projects that blend architecture, contemporary art and installation.
With offices in London and Bath, Pricegore was founded by architects Dingle Price and Alex Gore in 2013. With work across the UK and in Europe, the practice’s portfolio includes residential, arts, and civic sector projects, at all scales from furniture to urban strategy. Working in collaboration with the studio, London-based designer Yinka Ilori specialises in the imaginative upcycling of vintage furniture. Inspired by the African influences of his childhood, Yinka’s pieces span the divisions between art and design while sparking a conversation about social norms and consumer culture.
5. Projects Office www.projectsoffice.co @Projects_Office
Projects Office is an architecture and design studio based in Whitechapel. Founded in 2014 by Megan Charnley, Bethan Kay and James Christian, the multi-disciplinary practice’s ethos is fantastic pragmatism: applying a narrative and collaborative approach to create imaginative, effective spaces across a broad range of sectors.
6. PUP Architects www.puparchitects.com @PUParchitects
Founded in 2014, PUP Architects is run by architecture and design trio Theo Molloy, Chloë Leen and Steve Wilkinson. The studio‘s dynamic portfolio showcases several one-off structures and experimental projects, which continue to inform the team’s innovative approach to materials within their larger architectural commissions.
Over 150 practices entered the Dulwich Pavilion competition, which is being judged by a panel of leading architectural and cultural figures including:
- 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 Youth representative from the Gallery’s programme for young people
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 Gallery’s bicentenary year and the London Festival of Architecture in 2017. The pavilion was transformational for the Gallery as well as IF_DO: their first competition win resulted in global exposure and several awards including the American Architecture Prize. It has led to a series of exciting new commissions that have enabled the practice to triple in size.
Jury panel member Tom Dyckhoff said:
“What was thrilling to see was not just the sheer energy of emerging practices across the world, but the diversity in their takes on architecture, from craft to computer design to computer-design-craft, from playfulness to heartfelt seriousness. We’re living in such chaotic, confusing times; what’s astonishing is the confidence and optimism this generation is showing in making sense and giving form to the future.”