Dulwich Picture Gallery Reveals the Colour Palace

Dulwich Picture Gallery has unveiled The Colour Palace by Yinka Ilori and Pricegore in collaboration with London Festival of Achitecture

Lead image: The Colour Palace by Pricegore x Yinka Ilori © Adam Scott

Gracing the lawns outside Sir John Soane’s iconic gallery, The Colour Palace, the second edition of the Dulwich Pavilion, will serve as a temporary outdoor structure for the summer 2019.

Created by artist Yinka Ilori and architecture practice Pricegore, the summer pavilion was the outcome of an open design competition organised by Dulwich Picture Gallery and the London Festival of Architecture (LFA).

While the theme of LFA 2019 is ‘boundaries’, Dulwich Picture Gallery celebrates ‘innovation’ – two themes that converge in The Colour Palace, a riotous fusion of colour and craftsmanship that integrate art and architecture.

The Colour Palace by Pricegore x Yinka Ilori in the grounds of the iconic Dulwich Picture Gallery (photo © Adam Scott)

A testament to universal themes of colour, pattern and celebration, Pricegore and Yinka Ilori’s Colour Palace finds parallels between African and European cultures, resulting in a building that reflects the diverse, cultural experience of south east London.

The Pavilion draws on many shared traditions of geometry and pattern in architecture, and the common solution of raising storage buildings on staddle stones.

‘Fittingly, Pricegore is based in Peckham, commonly referred to as “Little Lagos”, while Ilori often cites his Nigerian roots’

Raised on monumental feet, the lightweight structure is assembled from thousands of individual pieces of hand-painted timber. The combination of these elements creates facades of bold geometric pattern that shift and merge according to your viewpoint, recalling the fabric markets of Lagos in Nigeria.

Fittingly, Pricegore is based in Peckham, commonly referred to as ‘Little Lagos’, while Ilori often cites his Nigerian roots, and the hustle and bustle of the textile markets, as a source of inspiration.

‘The beauty of the Pavilion’s design is that that it stands bold and proud surrounded by the history Sir John Soane’s iconic building, celebrating history and culture,’ said Yinka Ilori.

‘Its 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.

‘I’m so excited to see how people react to The Colour Palace and how it will bring people from different cultures and communities together. I’m hoping to see people arrive and leave with a smile on their faces.’

‘The Colour Palace calmly welcomes you from a distance until you get closer and closer, and you’re blown away with an explosion of colour’

Internally, the Pavilion resembles a small theatre-in-the-round, and visitors can climb to a perimeter gantry held within the depth of the slender structure. The squat volume of the Pavilion is informed by the cubic composition of Soane’s Grade II* listed Dulwich Picture Gallery.

For the gallery, the Colour Palace will act as a versatile public space used for a variety of creative activities throughout the summer, from ‘Pavilion Lates’ to neon life drawing, supper clubs, storytelling and yoga.

For the London Festival of Architecture, the project is an important opportunity to celebrate London’s vibrant architectural scene and to support exciting new design talent.

The Colour Palace will be open to the public from 12 June-22 September. See


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