This printed palace is the winning design for the Dulwich Pavilion, a biannual architectural project commissioned by the area's cultural cradle, Dulwich Picture Gallery. Raised on four massive red cylinders, visitors to the gallery's grounds will be able to frolic or steal a shaded repose underneath this technicolour tent. It will aim to be a playful space for the public to engage with and will play host to a number of colour-filled events such as 'Neon Naked' – a fluorescent twist on live model painting.
Born in Nigeria, Ilori's bold prints often nod to his West African heritage. The geometric patterns and vivid colours on his ebullient edifice are inspired by the textiles of Lagos's fabric markets. His design also espouses these influences with European inflections, with rigid right angles mirroring Sir John Soane's original design for the adjacent gallery. As a whole, this marriage of aesthetics seeks to be a bright beacon for London's multiculturalism.
Ilori has also enhanced this dazzling visual display by introducing illusory effects into his design. Viewers will see shifting colours across the timber slats on each side of the structure as they view the pavilion from different angles. Ilori's distinct graphic style will be prevalent across the capital this summer, with public installations brightening up neighbourhoods as part of the London Festival of Architecture.
In the battle of the pavilions, Colour Palace is provides a playful contrast to the cave-like structure of Junya Ishagami's design for this year's Serpentine Pavilion, set to open 20 June. Whether you're in the mood for buoyant buildings or minimalist marquees, design devotees will be spoilt for choice this summer.
|What||Colour Palace, Dulwich Pavilion 2019|
|Where||Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, London, SE21 7AD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||North Dulwich (overground)|
12 Jun 19 – 22 Sep 19, Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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