By Fiona McLachlan

How do architects use colour? Do they undertake a special method or start line for each undertaking? Do they progressively domesticate person colour palettes, which increase along their physique of outfitted paintings? Do they make the most of, or are they conscious of, the physique of theoretical paintings that underpins using colour long ago, and varieties the root of many of the colour structures commercially to be had this present day?


Informed by means of the author’s thirty years in architectural perform and academia, this booklet investigates, records and analyzes the paintings of a few modern architects that allows you to reply to those questions and supply a transparent reference of up to date colour use. The publication indicates a holistic method of the combination of colour in structure; via a sequence of thematic essays, the textual content explores and divulges underlying rules in colour layout and alertness. Case reports include:





  • AHMM

  • Caruso St John

  • Erich Wiesner and Otto Steidle

  • Gigon/Guyer

  • O’Donnell + Tuomey

  • Sauerbruch Hutton

  • Steven Holl

  • UN Studio.



The publication offers transparent insights into how specific modern architects use colour expectantly and intelligently as an essential component in their layout philosophy, together with their offerings of fabrics and finishes.


Offering a stimulating view of the historical past of colour conception, and pragmatic recommendation to practising architects, this e-book can be inspiring to either layout pros and students.

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