Level of Award
Local Authority Area
Information about this scheme
The Dulwich Pavilion was the winning entry to a competition set by the Dulwich Picture Gallery to celebrate its bicentenary, while also forming the centre-piece of the London Festival of Architecture 2017. The pavilion ‘After Image’ comprised a timber truss roof, a mesh veil, and a series of mirrored screens which reflect and visually disrupt the context. Responding to the solidity and monolithic nature of Sir John Soane’s gallery and the porous, ever-changing nature of the landscape, the pavilion mediates between the two in order to break down their delineation. Fragments of the building appear in the landscape, and fragments of the landscape in the building, creating an overlay of moving images: of building, of landscape, of personal reflection and of others beyond. The design was well considered, with light and reflective materials that cleverly did not take away from the elegant form of the gallery. The flimsy meshwork gave the form a temporary nature which was successful, playing with light and reflections - in contrast to the solid nature of the brick back-drop. The pavilion was airy, simple and contemporary, a very successful as a temporary structure. Through the use of materials and mirrors, sightlines were not spoilt or interfered with - quite a feat in such a historically sensitive area. The Pavilion has helped the gallery attract new audiences which has had a positive impact on the surrounding community, and allowed it to work towards a sustainable future, thanks to new revenue streams.
Dulwich Picture Gallery
London Festival of Architecture
Primary Use Class
Class F - Pro Tem (Temporary Building or Installation)