London Festival of Architecture & Dulwich Picture Gallery Announce the Return of the Dulwich Pavillion

The London Festival of Architecture and Dulwich Picture Gallery are on the lookout for emerging architects to create the second ‘Dulwich Pavilion’ – a temporary outdoor visitor welcome space within the historic grounds of Dulwich Picture Gallery to be opened in summer 2019 following a public exhibition of the shortlisted designs during the London Festival of Architecture this June.

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 London Festival of Architecture in 2017 and the Gallery’s bicentenary year. As well as helping the Gallery to overcome constraints for learning activities, attract new audiences and broaden its appeal to a wider demographic, the pavilion achieved critical acclaim and won multiple awards. The project was transformational for the Gallery as well as IF_DO: their first competition win resulted in global exposure, leading to a series of exciting new commissions that have enabled the practice to triple in size.

A full press pack – including the call for entries document and images of the 2017 Dulwich Pavilion can be downloaded at here.

The London Festival of Architecture and Dulwich Picture Gallery now invite emerging architects to submit a portfolio based expression of interest to design the second ‘Dulwich Pavilion’. 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. The Gallery’s original building by Sir John Soane is recognised as an architectural masterpiece, and the competition organisers are looking for responses that reflect Soane’s innovative, high quality and problem-solving approach.

Following shortlisting by a panel of industry experts and cultural figures, models by six shortlisted practices will be on public display at the Dulwich Picture Gallery from June-July 2018 as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture, with the opportunity for visitors to enter a public vote for their preferred design.

The Dulwich Pavilion judging panel comprises leading architectural and cultural figures as follows:

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

The winning design, selected by the panel and public vote combined, will be constructed at the Dulwich Picture Gallery to open for the London Festival of Architecture in June 2019.

The deadline for first stage expressions of interest is 5.00pm on Monday 9 April 2018. Further information on entry requirements and eligibility criteria is available at and

Jennifer Scott, The Sackler Director of The Dulwich Picture Gallery, said:

“The 2017 Pavilion was an extraordinary project which highlighted the potential of contemporary architecture and creative programming to engage visitors and enhance the Dulwich Picture Gallery experience. With the 2019 Pavilion competition we are throwing down the gauntlet to emerging architects to address how a temporary structure can offer inspiring solutions to practical visitor needs while entering into conversation with the historical excellence of Soane’s ground-breaking original design. I am excited to see what will emerge.”

Tamsie Thomson, Director of the London Festival of Architecture, said:

“We’re delighted to be working with the Dulwich Picture Gallery again, and looking forward to the installation of the second Dulwich Pavilion. The project is a fantastic opportunity for emerging architects and, as the first Dulwich Pavilion demonstrated, is not only a springboard to success but also a wonderful way to engage the wider public in London’s dazzling architectural scene.”

IMAGE: Design for the first Dulwich Pavilion, June – October 2017