To the psychedelic castle! A blast of Lagos colour rocks Dulwich's Old Masters

Inspired by the vibrant hues of the Nigerian capital, an invasion of lurid triangles will soon be shaking up John Soane’s sober Dulwich Picture Gallery

A psychedelic castle will land on a lawn in leafy Dulwich, London, next summer, bringing a shocking dose of colour to the well-heeled suburb. Planned to stand like an oversize party hat in the garden of John Soane’s sober Dulwich Picture Gallery, the great Technicolor crown is the winning design for the Dulwich Pavilion. The biennial commission, now in its second year, is a youthful alternative to the Serpentine’s established pavilion programme across the river. Selected through an open competition and co-organised with the London Festival of Architecture, it aims to provide a platform for emerging designers rather than global stars, bringing some fresh energy to the oldest purpose-built gallery in the world.

“We were trying to imagine what might have happened if Soane had extended his European grand tour to the African continent,” says Dingle Price, one half of Pricegore, the practice behind the winning design, who developed their proposal with furniture designer Yinka Ilori. “We wanted to come up with something that could be more representative of today’s London, and attract a wider range of people to the gallery.”

Dulwich hopes its pavilion budget of just £60,000 will prompt the same level of ingenuity shown by Soane

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