The annual month-long celebration of all things architectural returns to the capital at the beginning of June, boasting an array of public events, from exhibitions, installations, tours and performances to discussions and debates. Set around the theme of boundaries, all activities will explore what it’s like to live in cities surrounded by borders, fences and general limits – physical, political or cultural.
‘We have an exceptional public programme for this year’s festival,’ promises its director, Tamsie Thomson. ‘We want as many people as possible to be inspired and enthused, and I’m urging anyone with an interest in London’s built environment to get involved’. Believe the capital’s all skyscrapers and cement? Think again – there’s colour, ingenuity and fun on display. Here, we take a closer look at the making of one of our highlights: ‘The Colour Palace’, Dulwich Picture Gallery.
The Dulwich Pavilion is returning for a triumphant second year, created for south London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture. This time, architecture firm Pricegore and Yinka Ilori – winner of the ELLE Decoration British Design Award 2019 for New Designer – have joined forces to design ‘The Colour Palace’. Its timber exterior draws on textiles found in the markets of Lagos, Nigeria, mirrors of which can be spotted in nearby Peckham’s ‘Little Lagos’, an area named for its African food scene.
The pavilion will be open to the public from 12 June to 22 September and is free to visit. For more highlights, head to the the London Festival of Architecture website.