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Emerging practices shortlisted for 2019 Dulwich Pavilion

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Rising stars Casswell Bank Architects and PUP Architects are among six teams shortlisted in the second design contest for a temporary events pavilion outside John Soane’s Dulwich Picture Gallery

Emerging practices e10 studio, FleaFollyArchitects, Pricegore with designer Yinka Ilori, and Projects Office complete the list of firms selected from more than 150 applications for next year’s commission.

The Dulwich Pavilion competition, organised by the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) and the gallery, invited emerging architects to draw up proposals for a temporary welcome space featuring a café or bar, which will be constructed next to the historic Grade II*-listed structure in summer 2019.

Emerging practice IF_DO won the inaugural contest for the temporary Dulwich Pavilion, which occupied the site during last year’s architecture festival and is due to be relocated to nearby Goose Green Primary School. Shortlisted designs for the latest commission will be exhibited inside the gallery during this year’s architecture festival in June.

Architectural writer and 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 is 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.’

The south London gallery, which marked its 200th anniversary last year, is believed to be England’s oldest public gallery.

The innovative brick building features a series of interlinked, top-lit rooms which helped redefine standard approaches to gallery design. Rick Mather Architects renovated the building and created a separate café and exhibition space nearby in 2001.

The inaugural contest sought ideas for a temporary pavilion to host exhibitions, events, lectures and learning activities, and to allow the Dulwich Picture Gallery to meet growing visitor numbers and harness new revenue streams.

The latest pavilion competition sought proposals for a ‘refreshing welcome and orientation space’ reflecting Soane’s ‘innovative, high-quality and problem-solving’ approach to architectural design.

The six shortlisted teams will now be invited to draw up conceptual proposals and create models which will be exhibited inside the Dulwich Picture Gallery during the LFA this summer. Each team will receive a £500 honorarium.

Judges include Dyckhoff, LFA director Tamsie Thomson, gallery director Jennifer Scott, IF_DO’s Al Scott, architect Mary Duggan, Dulwich Picture Gallery trustee Stefan Turnbull and The Guardian’s architecture and design critic, Oliver Wainwright. An overall winner will be selected in early July.

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