A zinging rainbow made of drainage pipes: inside the Dulwich Pavilion

Sitting on chubby red legs, the Dulwich Pavilion is seeking to rival the Serpentine’s, thanks to this dizzying Colour Palace inspired by swirling fabric markets in Lagos

Red makes the heart beat faster, say the colour theorists and marketers, while yellow brings a sunny splash of happiness. Blue is a wave of serenity, orange a burst of energy, green a spark of fresh fertility, and pink a flash of excitement. You’ll feel an explosion of all these things, and more, when you encounter the Colour Palace, a new summer pavilion erected on the lawn of the Dulwich Picture Gallery in leafy south London, which pulsates with the shades of a zinging neon rainbow.

“We wanted to bring the energy and excitement of a Lagos textile market to London,” says Yinka Ilori, the British-Nigerian designer who has worked with young architects Pricegore to realise this spectacular temple of colour for the London festival of architecture. Ilori, who specialises in upcycling vintage furniture with vibrant paint-jobs, returns to the Nigerian capital several times a year to seek inspiration in the psychedelic warrens of the city’s fabric markets, where layers of African wax-print textiles are hung from precarious wooden frames. The racks of fabric form a labyrinth of patterns, creating a dizzying spatial kaleidoscope as you walk through the aisles.

This year's design is up for sale in a bid to recoup some of the £150,000 construction cost

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