How do architects use color? Do they adopt a different strategy or starting point for every project? Do they gradually cultivate individual color palettes, which develop alongside their body of built work? Do they utilize, or are they aware of, the body of theoretical work that underpins the use of color in the past, and forms the basis of most of the color systems commercially available today?
Informed by the author's thirty years in architectural practice and academia, this book investigates, documents and analyzes the work of a number of contemporary architects in order to respond to these questions and provide a clear reference of contemporary color use. The book suggests a holistic approach to the integration of color in architecture; through a series of thematic essays, the text explores and reveals underlying principles in color design and application. Case studies include:
The book provides clear insights into how particular contemporary architects use color confidently and intelligently as an integral part of their design philosophy, in conjunction with their choices of materials and finishes.
Offering a stimulating view of the history of color theory, and pragmatic advice to practicing architects, this book will be inspiring to both design professionals and students.
The book makes you acutely aware that something so inextricably linked to the experience of architecture is missing from the current education of an architect...[It] goes way beyond simple aesthetics and explores the body of theoretical work that underpins the use of colour in the past and which informs the work of this selection of architects." - Professor Alan Pert, NORD, UK
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 11th July 2012
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 18.9
Weight (kg): 0.85