Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces

The Great Pagoda at Kew Gardens, built in 1762, was “one of the jewels in the crown of Georgian London”. To commemorate a major four-year £4.6m project to restore this icon to its former glory, Enigma’s Graphic Design team was invited to create a book chronicling each stage of the project, and to inform funders in greater detail about its remarkable history. The walnut box was built by the Royal Furniture Makers and lined with red silk velvet, while the gold leaf covered dragon statuette was created using a 3D printer.

The most eagerly awaited aspect of the book was the recreation of eighty golden dragons for the pagoda, lost since the 1780s. Enigma's designers chose a strong golden Pantone across the book, together with etched overprint details, to evoke these mythical creatures and give the design the sense of quality and richness conveyed by the pagoda itself.

HRP | Graphic Design | The Great Pagoda | Kew Gardens | Enigma
HRP | Graphic Design | The Great Pagoda | Kew Gardens | Enigma
HRP | Graphic Design | The Great Pagoda | Kew Gardens | Enigma
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HRP | Graphic Design | The Great Pagoda | Kew Gardens | Enigma
HRP | Graphic Design | Enigma

The Great Pagoda

Our Pagoda book was sufficiently esteemed to form part of the Royal welcoming gift on the occasion of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s State visit in 2015.

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Baroque Dragons

Created using cutting edge 3D printing techniques, the new dragons reflect the baroque style associated with Sir William Chambers’ iconic architecture found through the Royal route in Kew Gardens.

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Kew Gardens

The Pagoda is a highlight of King George III’s Kew Garden ‘follies’ – 21 unique buildings offering a Grand Tour of the world’s architectural styles.

Golden Dragon