De Boer, the temporary structure company, recently built the Photo London Pavilion, dubbed “the UK photography event of the year”, which returned to Somerset House.
To create the Pavilion, the team built four of the company’s Alu Halls constructing 1,200 square metres of gallery space, which exhibited work from more than 20 international artists, galleries and publishers, as well as hosting the Pommery Champagne Bar.
Michael Benson, director of Photo London, said: “Photo London was created to give London an international photography event befitting the city’s status as a global cultural capital and harness the city’s outstanding creative talent. Now in its third year, De Boer’s striking Pavilion is a fitting venue for London’s world-class photography fair.”
Kate Knapp, De Boer’s senior sales manager, commented: “Somerset House is an iconic venue providing a splendid backdrop for Photo London. Assembling the gallery in the venue’s courtyard did pose some interesting project challenges and the team took great care erecting the Pavilion next to this Grade II listed building.
“We also delivered the structural elements for the Pavilion overnight to minimise disruption. The facility took only three days to build from start to finish. To really add impact, we created a bespoke PVC external lining that featured classic photographs which spanned the gallery’s entrance.”