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IF_DO’s Dulwich Pavilion finds new home at local school

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Emerging practice IF_DO’s Dulwich Pavilion, a centrepiece for this year’s London Festival of Architecture, is to be rebuilt in the playground of a local primary school 

The 192m² pavilion, which was dismantled last week, will be moved into storage until next summer when it will be reassembled to provide a permanent outdoor space at Goose Green Primary School.

The practice will consult with the parents and children at the school on the nature of the reinstallation which, given the pavilion’s flexible construction, could take a different form.

The south London school currently lacks any sheltered outdoor play area. It approached IF_DO to find a long-term home for the timber-framed, lightweight structure. 

IF_DO director Al Scott said: ‘It was always our hope that the pavilion would be reused, and so we are excited that Goose Green School is providing a permanent home for the structure.

‘We have enjoyed watching people engaging with the pavilion this summer, and now look forward to seeing it reappropriated for use by the pupils of Goose Green, and the opportunities it will bring for outdoor activities.’

Goose Green School will now begin raising funds for the reconstruction of the pavilion.

IF_DO won the pavilion commission in a competition for the London Festival of Architecture and the gallery, beating 74 other proposals. It was the first new-build completion for the young Bermondsey-based practice, which was set up in 2014 by Al Scott, Sarah Castle and Thomas Bryans. 

The Dulwich Pavilion marked the 200th anniversary of John Soane’s Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London. The AJ understands there are plans to look at future pavilions at the gallery.

School kids

School kids

Children from Goose Green Primary School in the Dulwich Pavilion, designed by IF_DO, at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

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  • Well done everyone! Having done PFI schools in the East End I know outside shelter is always needed, especially with parents worried about UV radiation, even kids coming home soaked!

    One of the London Board Schools was attended by my Grandparents in the 1890s. The classrooms sat 40 children in pairs of desks. We were converting 3 classes into 2, to seat 30 children round group tables to satisfy the DforE. The kids were bigger too?!

    The work goes on?

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