The winning entry in an open design competition organised by Dulwich Picture Gallery and the London Festival of Architecture, The Colour Palace serves as a temporary outdoor structure for summer 2019, gracing the lawns outside Sir John Soane’s iconic gallery and showcases a bespoke colour palette of Mylands paint.
Designed by architects Pricegore and artist Yinka Ilori, the Colour Palace is a testament to universal themes of colour, pattern and celebration. Yinka Ilori is a London-based multidisciplinary artist of British-Nigerian heritage, who specialises in storytelling by fusing his heritage in order to tell new stories in contemporary design.
A bespoke colour palette crafted at the Mylands factory on the doorstep of the Dulwich Picture Gallery
The design finds parallels between African and European cultures to create a building that reflects the diverse, cultural experience of south east London. The bold colour palette is made up of 10 shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, blue and green which multiple into many more hues as the vertical stripes meld together. Each colour has been selected by Yinka and crafted at the Mylands factory on the doorstep of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, in Lambeth where the Mylands family have been making paints since 1884.
The Colour Palace is a riotous, bold architectural fusion that crosses boundaries between cultural traditions, integrating art and architecture. The innovative timber structure is a feat of engineering using just one small size of timber with all the joints on show revealing the craftsmanship and structural logic.
The Pavilion draws on many shared traditions of geometry and pattern in architecture, and the common solution of raising storage buildings on staddle stones. 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 viewpoint recalling the fabric markets of Lagos, Nigeria. 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, next to which it sits in close and contrasting proximity.