The Colour Palace

John Hill
11. June 2019
Photo: Adam Scott

The Colour Palace, a temporary structure designed by Pricegore and Yinka Ilori, is now gracing the lawn outside the Dulwich Picture Gallery as part of the London Festival of Architecture and the gallery's summer programming.

Photo: Adam Scott

The Colour Palace is the second Dulwich Pavilion (here's the first), a joint creation of the Dulwich Picture Gallery and LFA. The colorful, climbable installation was selected a year ago in a competition and looks faithful to the renderings that were released at that time.

Photo: Adam Scott

The design comes from Pricegore, the young London architectural practice of David Price and Alex Gore, and Yinka Ilori, an artist of British-Nigerian heritage who "[fuses] his heritage in order to tell new stories in contemporary design," per a joint press release from Dulwich and LFA.

Photo: Adam Scott

The walls, lifted above the lawn on four large feet, were built from thousands of pieces of brightly painted timber. Articulated like shingles, the slatted timbers are graced with geometric shapes that allude to traditional fabrics from contexts well beyond London.

Photo: Adam Scott

Stairs lead to an internal gallery that allows visitors to see the timber structure up close and gain a unique vantage point for the events taking place within the Colour Palace. These include yoga, storytelling, supper clubs, neon life drawing, and "Pavilion Lates" that will take place throughout the installation's run from June 12 to September 22.

Photo: Adam Scott
Photo: Adam Scott
Photo: Adam Scott

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