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IF_DO Dulwich Pavilion
| Photo:Joakim Borén
IF_DO Dulwich Pavilion | Photo:Joakim Borén

Dulwich Picture Gallery Launches First Ever 'Dulwich Pavilion'

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Art & Design Editor
Updated: 1 June 2017

To mark the 200th anniversary of the Dulwich Picture Gallery opening to the public and to coincide with the London Festival of Architecture, the first ever Dulwich Pavilion launches this June.

Back in January, young Camberwell-based architecture practice IF_DO, which was set up in 2014 by Al Scott, Sarah Castle and Thomas Bryans, were announced as the winners to design the inaugural Dulwich Pavilion after an open call competition.

IF_DO’s proposed temporary structure, After Image, that will be situated in the gallery’s historic grounds and responds directly with the Sir John Soane-designed gallery building, was chosen by a panel of judges that included River Café, Ruth Rogers and architect Carl Turner. 

IF_DO Dulwich Pavilion | Photo: Joakim Borén

Ian A C Dejardin, Sackler Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery, said of the winning proposal: ‘IF_DO dazzled, 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.’

IF_DO Dulwich Pavilion | Photo: Joakim Borén

‘Being selected for the Dulwich Pavilion gives us a really exciting opportunity to create an inspirational structure for the London Festival of Architecture,’ said Al Scott, Director at IF_DO. ‘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.’

IF_DO Dulwich Pavilion | Photo: Joakim Borén

Throughout June and July, the mirrored pavilion will host the Pavilion Bar and Pavilion Lates a programme of free engaging events – on Friday nights (6–10pm). Visitors will also be offered free admission to the Permanent Collection, thanks to the support of Ingrid Beazley. Cocktails and art on a Friday night, it’s the only way to the see the weekend in.

The Dulwich PavilionGallery Rd, Southwark SE21 7AD opens on June 2 until October 8, 2017.