Installed on the lawn of the Dulwich Picture Gallery as part of the 2019 London Festival of Architecture, The Colour Palace is a giant, 32-foot cube perched atop four chubby red cylinders.
Created in collaboration by designer Yinka Ilori and architecture studio Pricegore, the bold, geometric pavilion pulsates with neon rainbow hues, and joyfully fuses European and African cultural traditions.
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Inspired by traditional African textiles found in Lagos, as well as the fabric markets of London’s Peckham neighborhood (which has a large Nigerian community), the dazzling cube also references the symmetric curves and right angles of the heritage-listed Dulwich Picture Gallery, completed in 1817 by Sir John Soane.
In partnership with the London Festival of Architecture 2019, The Colour Palace will be on view at the grounds of the Sir John Soane–designed gallery in South-East London until September 22. During this time, it will also be used for various free events and activities, such as yoga, podcast recordings, and workshops.
Once the festival concludes, The Colour Palace will be available for sale through The Modern House, in partnership with Dulwich Picture Gallery. The proceeds of the structure will go to the gallery’s ongoing series of commissions, which aim at supporting up-and-coming local artists.
While the asking price of the structure starts at £25,000 (approx. $31,472), buyers will be responsible for the cost of transport and re-construction of the pavilion in its new location, which is estimated at around £44,000 (approx. $55,390).