Dulwich Picture Gallery has announced its 2019 summer pavilion – The Colour Palace by artist Yinka Ilori and architecture practice Pricegore
Lead image: © Pricegore and Yinka Ilori
The Colour Palace, a celebratory fusion of European and African cultural traditions, will materialise on the lawns of Dulwich Picture Gallery this summer in time for the London Festival of Architecture.
Intended as a celebration of colour, pattern and light, the temporary outdoor structure – selected through a design competition co-hosted by the Festival and the Gallery – the pavilion will act as a flexible outdoor public space that can be used for performances, talks and other events.
The Colour Palace has been designed to represent multicultural London. Dutch wax prints on display in a Lagos market, and mirrored in London’s ‘Little Lagos’ in nearby Peckham, inspired the bold geometric pattern of the pavilion – a powerful contrast with the Grade II* listed gallery, designed by Sir John Soane.
‘At the London Festival of Architecture we revel in the unexpected,’ said Tamsie Thomson, director of the London Festival of Architecture, ‘and I can’t wait to start working with Pricegore and Yinka Ilori to bring a little bit of Lagos to Dulwich.’
The pavilion’s lightweight timber frame structure is mounted on monumental concrete feet to maintain panoramic views of Dulwich Picture Gallery and its gardens, and also contains a gantry around its internal perimeter that acts as a viewpoint for the events within.
Yinka Ilori is a London-based artist of Nigerian heritage, who specialises in creating furniture and other pieces that blend Nigerian traditions with contemporary design.
‘I can’t wait to start working with Pricegore and Yinka Ilori to bring a little bit of Lagos to Dulwich’
The partnership with Pricegore, an emerging, Peckham-based architecture practice led by Dingle Price and Alex Gore, overcame fierce competition from a field of 150 entries to win the competition, which was judged by a panel of leading architectural and cultural figures. Visitors to the gallery were also given the opportunity to have their say on the shortlisted designs.
The project builds on the success of the first ever Dulwich Pavilion in 2017, After Image by IF_DO, which was one of the highlights of that year’s London Festival of Architecture and the Gallery’s bicentenary year.
As well as helping the Gallery to overcome space constraints, attract new audiences and broaden its appeal to a wider demographic, the pavilion achieved critical acclaim and won multiple awards.