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Winner Announced


Tent London and The Lightbox are delighted to announce that The Art Fund Pavilion 2009 will be designed by Tina Manis Associates.

It was agreed that Tina Manis Associates' bold yet elegant proposal best accommodates the intended use of the pavilion as a gallery and is most sensitive to The Lightbox's site, which will be its home each summer. In the words of the Turner-Prize nominated artist Richard Wilson, there was a "unanimous vote for a striking design that carefully and seriously answered the brief. A clever, clean and witty conundrum of angles guides us in, around, through and eventurally to the entrance of the museum"

Read more of the Judges comments

The winning design's sinuous form perfectly suits its courtyard site, with expanses of windows offering views over the canal and chanelling visitors through the space. "The intent of our pavilion design was to use the ramp typology as both a circulation strategy and means to demystify the open plan of the traditional 'white art box'" Tina Manis explains.

See the Design and find our more about Tina Manis Associates



Exhibition at The Lightbox

The Lightbox are hosting an exhibition of the shortlist and other exception applications to the competition, which will be on display until Sunday 12th April 2009.

The entries exhibited are from the following applicants:

Entrance is free and you can find directions to the museum by visiting their website

A visitor book is on display for the public to comment in and choose their favourite. So please come and have a look.


Shortlist Announced

The response to the competition has been fantastic with over 600 entries from 52 countries. Check out the full list of the countries that applied below.

We spent a rewarding day with our judging panel of industry experts and were all overwhelmed with the level of creativity, attention to detail in response to the brief and sheer hard work evident in the applications.

The Shortlisted Entries are as follows:

Visit the Shortlist Page to see their designs

There will be an exhibition of the shortlisted entries and other applications that demonstrate the range of work at The Lightbox from 31 March - 12 April 2009.


Entries by Country


United Kingdom 219 Singapore 4
USA 79 Argentina 3
Italy 29 Belgium 3
France 24 Brasil 3
Sweden 22 Pakistan 3
Poland 19 Indonesia 3
The Netherlands 18 Malaysia 2
Spain 15 Russia 2
Lithuania 14 Thailand 2
Japan 13 Austria 2
Portugal 12 Columbia 2
China 10 Iran 2
Denmark 9 Bangledesh 1
Hungary  9 Chile 1
Canada 9 Czech Republic 1
Germany 8 Finland 1
Australia 8 Georgia 1
Korea 7 Ireland 1
Mexico 6 New Zealand 1
Romania 6 Norway 1
Latvia 5 Slovakia 1
Serbia 5 South Africa 1
Turkey 5 UAE 1
Greece 5 Ukraine 1
Israel 5 Belarus 1
India 4 Vietnam 1
TOTAL No. Applications   610



Notice to Applicants

Thank you very much for submitting an entry to the competition.

Tent London are notifying the shortlisted of their success by email.

A general announcement of the judging results will be published on Monday 16th.

We appreciate your patience.



Richard Wilson Joins the Judging Panel

We are delighted to announce a new addition to the Judging Panel of The Art Fund Pavilion. The Turner Prize nominated sculptor, Richard Wilson will be joining in the selection of the winning structure.

Wilson’s expertise is particularly welcome given the convergence of art and architecture in his own work. Some of his best known installations include flooding the Saatchi Gallery in a pool of oil or more recently, in ‘Turning The Place Over’ (depicted above), where an 8 metre diameter panel was sliced from the façade of a warehouse and rotated. These dramatic interventions on buildings are designed to encourage viewers to experience their surroundings very differently, or as Wilson describes it: “to alter your perception, to knock your view of the world off-kilter” (The Guardian, Friday 4 April 2003).




Facit have produced a document with some answers to your enquiries and some diagrams which illustrate the use of their cassette system.

Download the answers to some FAQ's (PDF)

Download diagrams of Facit's building technique (PDF)


* Facit Workshop Tour on Wednesday 11th February at 14.00 hrs.

Facit will be showing people the workshop and taking more questions. No need to book, just turn up (on time!)

Please don't turn up at other times without an appointment.

The address is Mentmore Studios, No 1 Mentmore Terrace, London, E8 3PN



New photos and plans of the site available

New Image Grid


Click here to see these images in more detail and to download them from our Flickr account.



Ground Floor Plan

Ground Floor Plan 2

Section A+B

Section J+K

Site Plan


Download above as

Complete Set (.zip)



The Art Fund Pavilion - One project that will be built in 2009!

Sarah Ichioka

The economy may be on a downturn, but this is one building with funding secure for delivery in 2009.

Sarah Ichioka, Director of the Architecture Foundation, reflects on the state of the industry and the importance of architecture competitions like The Art Fund Pavilion:

The dramatic effects of several economic cycles on architectural practice means that funds for many large-scale projects are at best frozen and at worst evaporated. Competitions like The Art Fund Pavilion aim—admirably—to sow the modest seeds of invention, which one hopes, may mature to bear fruit when the ground thaws.

Competitions and commissions provide the opportunities for architects to test their ideas in three-dimensions, to execute built solutions to particular briefs through construction to use. Built work builds client confidence, leading—it is to be hoped—to further, more substantial commissions. As such, it is arguably more important in emerging practices’ careers than are awards, and blue skies ideas competitions.

Small (and sometimes, temporary) projects provide an ideal opportunity for experiment. It is commendable that The Lightbox gallery, having seen the rewards of investment in good architecture (from Marks Barfield, a relatively established practice), should now be ploughing these profits into a new commission, this time at a scale accessible to smaller practices. (Although if the competition coaxes fresh approaches from better-known practices, this too would be a positive outcome.)...

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We are delighted to announce the launch of The Art Fund Pavilion architecture competition...

All we need now is a practice to design it, so get your applications in...


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