Colors in Architecture

Colors in Architecture

“Color is an integral element of our world, not just in the natural environment but also in the man-made architectural environment. Color always played a role in the human evolutionary process. The environment and its colors are perceived, and the brain processes and judges what it perceives on an objective and subjective basis. Psychological influence, communication, information, and effects on the psyche are aspects of our perceptual judgment processes. Hence, the goals of color design in an architectural space are not relegated to decoration alone.” – by Frank H. Mahnke.

In this article we will see how colors stand in Architecture based on Color Theory of the painter Wassily Kandinsky.

Maden Group

Wassily Kandinsky’s art explored the relationship between color and its viewers. He eschewed the grays, browns and blacks of Cubism, embracing color as the primary vehicle for expression. In doing so he completely separated painting from a need to depict a subject. The goal of Kandinsky’s art was to capture music in a plastic medium, to evoke the same feelings a piece of music could evoke through shades and hues.

The theories he developed about color and meaning would prove influential in all creative fields, with the De Stijl movement expanding his philosophies and incorporating color into industrial design and architecture. Employing the color wheel, Kandinsky went through each hue, explaining the feelings it evoked, emotions it captured, and the sound it “made.”

Cycling through the colors of the rainbow, here is a sample of Kandinsky’s thoughts on color from his book “Concerning the Spiritual in Art”. If you are considering a vibrant cladding product for your next building, be inspired by the master of the whole spectrum:

Wassily Kandinsky

Red: alive, restless, confidently striving towards a goal, glowing, “manly maturity.”

Translated into sound: “sound of a trumpet, strong and harsh,” Fanfare, Tuba, deep notes on the cello, clear violin.

Park Gate, X-Plan Studio

Orange: a mixture of red and yellow, radiant, healthy, serious.

Translated into sound: middle range church bell, an alto voice.

Renovation and Extension of ArcelorMittal's Baragaño

Yellow: “warm, cheeky, and exciting, disturbing for people, typical earthly color… representing madness in color, an attack of rage, blind madness, maniacal rage.”

Translated into sound: loud sharp trumpets and high fanfares.

The Yellow Palace, Studio raça arkitektura

Green: stillness and peace, but with a hidden, passive strength. “Green is like a fat, very healthy cow lying still and unmoving, only capable of chewing the cud, regarding the world with stupid dull eyes.”

Translated into sound: quiet drawn out middle position violin.

Antas Educative Center, AVA Architects

Blue: deep, inner, supernatural, peaceful. “Sinking towards black, it has the overtone of a mourning that is not human … typical heavenly color.”

Translated into sound: the flute, cello, and organ.

Didden Village MVRDV

Unfortunately Kandinsky didn’t distinguish between blue and indigo. Apparently they were the same to him.

Herzog & de Meuron’s Museu Blau

Violet: a mixture of red and blue, “morbid, extinguished … sad.”

Translated into sound: the english horn and bassoon.

Purple Hill House, IROJE KHM

Source: architizer.com

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