“The Colour Palace” opens to the public

Colour and references to African culture in Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Pavilion at London Festival of Architecture.  

In the garden of the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London the colorful pavilion – second edition of the Dulwich Pavilion – designed by the emerging architecture studio Pricegore and London-based artist Yinka Ilori, catches the eye. “The Colour Palace” is the result of a design competition organized by the Dulwich Gallery – designed by Sir John Soane in 1817 – and the London Festival of Architecture and can be visited (and experienced, with all its rich program of initiatives) from June 12 to September 22. The pavilion talks about ‘boundaries’, the theme of this year’s London Architecture Festival, and ‘innovation’, while representing emerging design talents.

The Colour Palace
Pricegore and Yinka Ilori, The Colour Palace, London. Photo Adam Scott

The pavilion reveals parallels between European and African culture, in a play of colours and geometric patterns that change according to the viewer’s perspective and reminds of Nigerian fabric markets in Lagos. For the artist Yinka Ilori, “The patterns and shapes calmly welcome you from a distance until you get closer and closer, and you’re blown away with an explosion of colour that immediately demands your attention”.
“The Colour Palace” combines art, architecture and craftsmanship in its wooden structure composed of thousands of hand-painted pieces of the same size with joints that remain visible. During the summer the pavilion will offer various activities, including storytelling and yoga classes.

Opening picture: Pricegore and Yinka Ilori, The Colour Palace, London. Photo Adam Scott

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