Colour Strategies in Architecture

Fiona McLachlan / AnneMarie Neser / Lino Sibillano / Marcella Wenger-Di Gabriele / Stefanie Wettstein
Colour Strategies in Architecture
Haus der Farbe - Fachschule für Gestaltung in Handwerk und Architektur (Hrsg.)
Mit einem Vorwort von Iain Boyd White.
2015. 152 Seiten, 59 Abbildungen, davon 17 in Farbe, 19 Farbtafeln, 6 Klapptafeln. Gebunden.
sFr. 68.- / € (D) 68.- / € (A) 70.-
ISBN 978-3-7965-3421-8
Colour Strategies in Architecture68.00

How can colour design spaces? How do colour and space interact? Drawing on buildings from the 20th and 21st centuries, ranging from architectural icons to hidden gems, the volume presents six different strategies for working with colour in architecture.

Each features a specific way of planning the interplay of colour and space. In one example, colour reinforces and clarifies the architectural form, while in another the colour interprets the form in a playful way. In one instance, we immersed a bath of colour on entering the room, while in another the colour tempts the viewer to enter the room and take up different viewing points. Sometimes the colour is an interpretation of light, elsewhere it creates a sophisticated whole. In each case colour gives the architecture identity and creates an added value that is both creative and functional.

The Haus der Farbe and the University of Edinburgh have collaborated to explore the spatial potential of these various colour strategies and present them in words and images. Large format colour plates illustrate the versatility of colour when it occurs in dialogue with architecture.

The six colour strategies

  • Painterly Promenade (Lux Guyer, Zürich)

  • Tectonics Clarified (Basil Spence, Edinburgh)

  • Immersive Pop (Rainer Rümmler, Berlin)

  • Holistic Interplay (Hans Scharoun, Berlin)

  • Hushed Tonalities (Reiach & Hall Architects, Edinburgh)

  • Second Layer (Knapkiewicz & Fickert, Zürich)

Haus der Farbe – School for design in craft trades and architecture
Since its foundation in 1995, Haus der Farbe has supported a high-quality culture of craft and building. In particular it promotes colour skills in architecture, design competence in craftsmanship, and cross-disciplinary dialogue about building. This takes the form of practice-orientated activities in the realms of education, research, and consultancy.

Lino Sibillano, Co-Director, Author
Stefanie Wettstein, Co-Director, Author
Marcella Wenger-Di Gabriele, Studio Programme Leader, Author
AnneMarie Neser, Studio Berlin, Author

University of Edinburgh Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Fiona McLachlan, Professor of Architectural Practice, Author

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