25 February 2021

New Case Study: The Colour Palace

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In 2019 an explosion of colour appeared on the sedate lawn of Dulwich Picture Gallery. It was the Colour Palace, a timber pavilion painted in exuberant geometric patterns and stripes in a kaleidoscope of zinging neon colours. It took the form of a delicate hollow cube, clad with overlapping rows of slender timber battens which were painted and patterned. The cube was raised up on four chubby cylindrical legs, tall enough to act as portals, welcoming visitors inside the temporary event space which housed the gallery’s summer events programme, part of the London Festival of Architecture.

 

The design was a collaboration between the architect Pricegore and Yinka Ilori, a British-Nigerian artist; they had met when Ilori moved into studios designed by the practice. Both envisaged the pavilion design as celebrating the diverse cultures of south-east London, helping the gallery to reach out to different audiences. The design team researched architecture, vernacular buildings, markets, gardens and art to make a pavilion about a multi-cultural London, a fusing of European and West African traditions.

 

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