Discover the spatial potential of colour
This book explores the potential of colour to modify space and the way in which buildings are perceived. Drawing on examples 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 chapter presents 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. Sometimes the colour is a subtle interpretation of light and shadow, elsewhere it envelops us in an intense, immersive experience or creates a sophisticated holistic interplay with architectural form. In each case, colour gives the architecture identity and creates an added value that is both creative and functional.
The colour strategies are presented in words and images. Large format colour plates illustrate the versatility of colour in dialogue with architecture. Abstract ‘building portraits’ show the proportion, palette and use of colour on specific buildings. The book provides inspiration to professionals and suggests different ways to use and celebrate colour in architectural design. For the layperson, it is an informative delight for the eyes.
The six colour strategies are discussed on the basis of buildings in Berlin, Zürich and Edinburgh under the following titles:
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
Fiona McLachlan is Professor of Architectural Practice at the University of Edinburgh and is an architect and educator. She is the author of Architectural Colour in the Professional Palette, Routledge, 2012
AnneMarie Neser has worked freelance as a curator of monuments (architectural and archival research and reports, building research, care and conservation and space-planning). Since 2007, she has worked with the Haus der Farbe in Berlin and Zurich. She qualified with a Dr. Ing. (Doctor of Engineering) at University of Arts Berlin (Architecture) in 2005 and has a Master in Art History from the Freie Universität Berlin, 1995.
Marcella Wenger-Di Gabriele has been working since 1998 as a colour designer and artist, including teaching activities at Haus der Farbe and other schools. Since 2011 she’s responsible for the development of educational curricula and tools at Haus der Farbe.
Stefanie Wettstein has been Co-Director of the Haus der Farbe, Zurich since 1997, following the completion of her PhD and Master in Art History at the University of Zurich.
Lino Sibillano joined Dr Wettstein as Co-Director of the Haus der Farbe, Zurich in 2001. He was an assistant tutor at the ETH Zurich following the completion of his Master in Art History at the University of Zurich.Read More
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