The London Design Festival is in full swing, with a whole host of installations and exhibitions taking over the whole of the capital. And for this year’s festival, one installations has caught our interest more than most. Titled ‘Villa Walala’, textile designer Camille Walala has erected a brightly coloured, inflatable castle behind Liverpool Street Station.

#LondonDesignFestival: 'Villa Walala' Inflatable Castle

The French artist designed the installation for Broadgate’s Exchange Square, which is located behind the station in the heart of the City. The inflatable castle, with its primary colours and ship patterns, was created as a place where City workers could come to relax during their lunch breaks.

Walala’s aim was to add fun to the daily routine of commuters who pass the square each day too. With Villa Walala reminiscent of childhood bouncy castles (though it doesn’t feature an inflated base – so annoyingly no bouncing is possible), people passing by are invited to walk through one of its four archways and experience its giant soft shapes.


The four inflatable totem-like structures mark the corners of the grassed square. Typical to Walala’s style, over 1,2000 sq. m of patterned vinyl material is also used around the inflatables as well as on the surrounding steps and pathways in a mix of monochrome stripes, and colourful diagonals

You’ve got until Sunday 24th September to get your Instagram of Camille Walala’s ‘Villa Walala’. Located at Exchange Square in Moorgate, the installation is one of the Landmark Projects of this year’s London Design Festival. Head over to the London Design Festival Website to see the full programme.




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