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Tent London launch summer pavilion contest

Tent London has launched a competition to design a new summer pavilion outside Marks Barfield’s Lightbox Gallery

Initiated by Tent London and The Lightbox, the winning Art Fund Pavilion scheme will initially go on show as part of Tent London during the London Design Festival in September 2009 before heading on to its permanent home in Woking where it will be re-erected every summer.

The victorious design will be built with £100,000 from The Art Fund Prize – the hefty cash windfall awarded to The Lightbox earlier this year.

Submissions must be suitable to work with a new digital ‘method of fabricating intricately designed buildings using computer controlled machines’ developed by competition partner Facit.

Speaking about the timing of the contest Sarah Ichioka, director of The Architecture Foundation, said: ‘Economic slow-downs will inevitably cause casualties. Within the architecture and building industry we have already seen contracting workforces and frozen projects, and by all accounts 2009 will be a rough ride for many. One project that will be built however is the new Art Fund Pavilion.'

She added: ‘Funds are already committed to construct the winning entry to this design competition, offering a glimmer of hope and fresh thinking amidst the general gloom, which the Architecture Foundation is pleased to support.’

The contest will be judged by, among others, AJ editor Kieran Long and Wayne Hemingway.

The deadline for entries is 3 March 2009 and further information can be found at

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