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FCBS and Pernilla Ohrstedt among finalists for Dulwich Picture Gallery pavilion

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FCBS and Pernilla Ohrstedt are among four finalists in a design competition for a temporary events pavilion outside John Soane’s Grade II*-listed Dulwich Picture Gallery

Emerging London studio IF_DO and a collaboration between Tom Benton Architects, Hayatsu Architects and MJ Wells complete the shortlist in the contest which received a total 75 entries.

Organised by The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) – the Dulwich Pavilion competition invited ‘fresh and exciting architectural talent’ to draw up proposals for the new structure.

The winning design will be constructed in time for the start of next year’s LFA, and will mark the gallery’s 200th anniversary. The south London building 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 art gallery design. Rick Mather Architects renovated the building and created a separate café and exhibition space nearby 16 years ago.

The temporary pavilion will host exhibitions, events, lectures and learning activities, and will allow the Dulwich Picture Gallery to meet growing visitor numbers and harness new revenue streams. Judges include Thomson, Dejardin, Carl Turner of Carl Turner Architects and River Café founder Ruth Rogers.

Rogers said: ‘It has been inspiring to see so many emerging architects entering the Dulwich Pavilion competition. I’m looking forward to seeing how the shortlisted practices bring their energy and enthusiasm to the next stage as they develop their proposals.’

The announcement is the ninth occasion this year FCBS has been named among the finalists in a competition, making it the most shortlisted practice in 2016 according to the AJ’s comprehensive contest coverage.

The winning design is set to be announced in January, and will be constructed during the spring to complete in time for the next LFA, which starts on 1 June 2017.



Tamsie Thomson, director of the London Festival of Architecture

’Ross Galtress, Charlotte Knight and Chris Allen are a team of emerging architects working as a young collective within FCBStudios. Like everyone else shortlisted in the Dulwich Pavilion contest, they have less than seven year’s post-qualification experience. They have teamed up alongside other young practitioners - structural engineer Nathan Gilling and artist Thomas Duggan, to enter the Dulwich Pavilion design competition.

“It’s often as difficult for young architects working in big practices to get noticed as it is for young architects working independently, and just because someone works in a big practice doesn’t mean they can’t be an emerging practitioner. FCBStudios should be congratulated for giving Ross, Charlotte and Chris their blessing to work together in this way. The London Festival of Architecture is proud of the Dulwich Pavilion design contest as a way of celebrating emerging architectural talent in London and we’re delighted to have such a strong shortlist which is drawn from practitioners with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives. We can’t wait to see the shortlisted practices’ proposals in January.’


Readers' comments (2)

  • FCBS are hardly an emerging practice!

    We loved the idea of being involved, but having been around for nearly 9 years thought it better to let younger-guns get involved. I'm not sure what this says about FCBS or the organisers, but I'd be disappointed if they won, regardless of how nice their proposal may be.

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  • I'm really pleased to see the FCBS submission is actually journo-shorthand for a group of ambitious young architects within FCBS, and not the practice itself.

    In which case, more-power to FCBS for supporting young architects (assuming the architects' names would be in lights should they succeed), and congrats to the organisers too for what is clearly a great opportunity to support new talent and liven up my home turf of Dulwich too.

    Best of luck all

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