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    Amelia Brown

    Vestiges of the Material and the Immaterial | An Extension to Dulwich Picture Gallery

    North Elevation Histories of Care and Destruction | exploratory drawing Section | archive, workshop and residence Structural isometric Section | constructing the gallery and curating its exhibits A gallery | exhibiting present and future

    North Elevation

    Addressing the specifics of collage, the proposal comprises a series of temporally bound ‘accretions’ that support the London Festival of Architecture’s biennial Dulwich Pavilion programme.




    Located in the gardens of Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, on the ground of Sir John Soane’s unrealised quadrangle scheme, the proposal assembles a temporally layered conversation with context. Its structures speaks to the present visibility, through surfaces and site-lines, but also to the invisibility of remnants and layers that are revealed through exploratory drawings.

    Placing communal collaboration at the fore, the proposal’s accretions [a gallery, residence, workshop, archive and garden restaurant] extend the Gallery’s current programme, whilst reviving existing construction skills and knowledge through a new programme that supports the long-term conception, production, construction and maintenance of the pavilion installations.

    Moments of differing permanence are defined tectonically, through a language of arches. The barrel vaulted forms: a temporal re-writing and deconstruction of the arch, construct a certain familiarity. They recognise the blind arcades which characterise the Picture Gallery’s elevational surfaces, through a reiteration of their datums, whilst uncovering and foregrounding their temporal alterations: affording continued conversation with the existing.

    Brick [reclaimed London Stock brick and construction waste brick produced in the proposal’s workshop] is employed as the primary construction material, placing the proposition in dialogue with the material and textures of the existing Gallery and the immaterial traces of the local brick making past.

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