The Use of Colours in Architecture
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We are in a world where colour dominates our lives. It affects our moods – it can be
calming or can make us tense. We use and experience colour everyday in our lives without
even appreciating it. Over time, our residence has rapidly evolved and changed. Today, homes have combined many of the features and have to build all the joy to everyone that comes in, have to create a feeling of security. The color has an important role in it.
Using color can significantly change any of the spaces.
Since colour is a characteristic of all building materials, it is a constant feature of
architecture. But building materials are selected primarily for their structural value, and their
colours are not always suited to expressive requirements; this way, other materials chosen for their colour are frequently added to the surface. These include pigments, which usually
preserve the texture of the original surface, and veneers of stone, wood, and a variety of
manufactured products that entirely alter the surface character. It is enough to understand even some scientific principles to turn a simple color scheme into a successful color solution:
Aristotle, in his Poetics, established the rationale used in the ‘disegno versus colore’ (
design versus colour) debate during the Renaissance. This rationale argued that colour is
secondary to pure line drawing.
Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, the architect known as Le Corbusier, influenced attitudes toward colour in architecture that are still held today. In a series of newspaper articles, written in 1911 and later published in Le Voyage d‟Orient, 1965, Le Corbusier describes a trip to the Orient in which nearly every entry becomes a poem to the ecstatic experience of colour. …
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