How The Colour Palace began

21/03/2019

We want to share the story behind The Colour Palace with you, and why we need your help to build it.

How it all began

Following the success of the first Dulwich Pavilion, Dulwich Picture Gallery once again teamed up with the London Festival of Architecture to put out an open call for young and emerging architects to design our next pavilion.

As Jennifer Scott, the Gallery’s Director, said when submissions opened in February 2018: “We are throwing down the gauntlet to emerging architects to address how a temporary structure can offer inspiring solutions to practical visitor needs while entering into conversation with the historical excellence of Soane's ground-breaking original design.”

A team of distinguished judges, including The Guardian’s architecture critic Oliver Wainwright, Mary Duggan, founder of Mary Duggan Architects, and writer and broadcaster Tom Dyckhoff, sifted through over 150 proposals by up-and-coming architects from around the world, before deciding on a shortlist of six designs. Following a rigorous round of presentations, a public display of the models, which allowed over 2,000 visitors to vote for their favourite, and a special Late event, in which the shortlisted architects gave talks and tours based on their designs, the winner was finally announced in July 2018.

The 2019 Dulwich Pavilion now had a name: The Colour Palace. The team behind the chosen design were architecture firm Pricegore, made up of lead architects Dingle Price and Alex Gore, with designer and artist Yinka Ilori. The group first met after Yinka moved into a new North London studio complex designed by Pricegore and within minutes they were already talking about a possible collaboration. After many creative conversations exploring both West African and European influences, from Sir John Soane’s architecture to fabric markets in Lagos, they came up with The Colour Palace.

Building The Colour Palace – why we need your support

We need to raise the final £20,000 in order to build the Colour Palace. With your donation, you’ll be helping to create an amazing space that you and many others can enjoy. This ambitious structure would be a truly unique experience to bring to south east London, but this palace for the people can only be made possible by the people.

A big thank you to everyone who has donated so far! Please help spread the word by telling your friends and using #ColourPalace on social media.

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