This year’s Dulwich Pavilion is a bright new addition to south London.
We do love a summer pavilion, and this loud, colourful offering is right up our street. After the success of Dulwich Picture Gallery’s 2017 pavilion, built to celebrate their 200th anniversary, the gallery invited submissions for a second offering for 2019. Having chosen the winning design last year, the new Dulwich Pavilion has been built and unveiled – and, honestly, you’ll struggle to miss it.
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The pavilion was created by artist Yinka Ilori and architects Pricegore, and fuses African and European design styles. It’s billed as a celebration of multicultural London, inspired by Ilori’s Nigerian heritage, and they’ve named it The Colour Palace. Which sounds like a pretty dreamy place to live, TBH. The result is a pavilion of handpainted wooden slats, decorated with multicoloured geometric patterns, and it’s complete #InstaGoals.
The new Dulwich Pavilion was designed to integrate art and architecture – the architectural prowess flaunted by the exposed joints, and the art celebrated with the outrageous paint job. The gallery intends on using it to host all manner of events, from supper clubs and yoga, to more out-there fare like neon life drawing. You can also climb up to the upper levels, which offer a unique view of the pavilion’s interior.
The Colour Palace will be open to all throughout the summer months, and handily, it’s entirely free to visit – so go add a little colour to your life!
Also published on Medium.