Some architects love color, some are unmoved by it, some hate it, and some love to dismiss it as too whimsical or non-serious for architecture. In an essay on the subject, Timothy Brittain-Catlin mentions the “innate puritanism among clients of architecture,” architects and their “embarrassment of confronting color,” and how “Modernism tried to ‘educate out’ bright colors.” So, while the debate on color in architecture is far from being a new one, it is not finished, and probably never will be.
In today’s world where the exhausted stereotype of the no-nonsense architect clad in black still persists, and while we quietly mull over the strange pull of the Cosmic Latte, there are some architects who haven’t been afraid of using broad swathes of color in their work at all. Read on for a list of 7 such exemplary architects both from the past and the present.
The principal architect of LA firm Morphosis, Thom Mayne (born January 19, 1944) was the recipient of the 2005 Pritzker Prize and the 2013 AIA Gold Medal, and is known for his experimental architectural forms, often applying them to significant institutional buildings such as the New York's Cooper Union building, the Emerson College in Los Angeles and the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters.
- Architects: Penoyre & Prasad
- Location: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 2ST, United Kingdom
- Lead Architects: Rafael Marks, Associate Partner – Penoyre & Prasad | Anna-Lisa Pollock, Senior Architect – Penoyre & Prasad
- Area: 9240.0 m2
- Project Year: 2018
- Photographs: Dennis Gilbert/VIEW Pictures
- Architects: PROJECT
- Location: Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, China
- Lead Architects: Minjie Liu, Wenhan Li, Ke Chang
- Design Team: Hao zhang, Jianwei Zhao, Wangming Lin, Pan'ao Feng (resident architect), Qin Yang (resident architect), Jiayi Li (resident architect), Xiaojun Zhu, Genying Guo
- Area: 8800.0 m2
- Project Year: 2018
- Photographs: UNITU
- Architects: Chinthaka Wickramage associates
- Location: Beach Rd, Maligakadu, Karaitivu, Ampara District, Eastern Sri Lanka
- Lead Architects: Chinthaka Wickramage, Nileeka Senerath
- Architectural Assistant: Sampath Ratnayake
- Quantity Surveyor: Kulani de Costa
- Engineers: Upcountry Consultant Engineers
- Shelter Coordinators: Maggie Stevenson, Dyfed Aubrey
- Country Director: John Wain
- Client: GOAL Ireland
- Area: 22750.0 ft2
- Project Year: 2017
- Photographs: Waruna Gomis
Citizens of Thessaloniki, Greece can bring their plastic household waste to a “zero waste lab,” use software to design their own custom recycled street furniture and watch it take form via 3D printer. The project is the latest from “Print Your City,” a creative initiative by Dutch research and design studio The New Raw that combines DIY urbanism interventions with smart use of freely available materials.
The team hopes to create circular waste streams within the city, engaging local residents in the process and enhancing public spaces at the same time. Print Your City takes municipal plastic waste, grinds it up into pellets or flakes and feeds it into 3D printers to produce street furniture that’s extremely tough and durable.
- Architects: Grupo Nuvem Arquitetura
- Location: Av. do Forte, 240 - Vila Ipiranga, Porto Alegre - RS, 91010-004, Brazil
- Architect In Charge: Guilherme Carvalho, Rodolfo Mincato Klaus, Vítor Vasconcellos
- Collaborator: Jeferson Sopeña
- Area: 944.0 m2
- Project Year: 2018
- Photographs: Marcelo Donadussi
New photographs by Paul Clemence from Archi-Photo show BIG -Bjarke Ingels Group’s “The Eleventh” taking shape as construction continues in Chelsea, Manhattan. Having topped out in August 2018, the scheme’s twisting geometries are taking their place within the “Pritzker District” with neighbors including Frank Gehry’s IAC Building, Jean Nouvel’s 100 11th Avenue and Foster + Partners’ 551 West 21st Street.
The development’s larger 35-story, 400-foot-tall structure will twist alongside a second 300-foot-tall sister tower, both clad with bronze and travertine, sharing a connected podium and skybridge.
The Aldeia House was conceived as an attempt to converge into a single house the sometimes antagonistic demands of two people. The couple brought to the design process their concerns and expectations regarding their considerable change, not only a residential one, but also a lifestyle shift. The couple’s difficult choice to leave behind their urban lifestyle in exchange for a rural daily life has been fundamental to the definition of the architectural concept that deviated from the archetype of the countryside house to bring small doses of urbanity into the house’s routine. This attainment was possible by accessing some of the couple’s affective memories, a Portuguese and a Brazilian who lived for years in Portugal and stablished their roots in the European country. The house references the Portuguese historical villages (aldeias) that, even in mainly rural contexts, are able to stablish a kind of urban proximity between their buildings, to integrate them with the landscape and to softly adjust uneven terrains and accesses. By doing this, the Aldeia House creates small spaces of varied characteristics in a human scale and at the same time punctuates the landscape as a constructed intervention with diversity in its formal unit.