"Around the world, architects and designers are finding innovative ways to evoke emotion through bold use of color," says Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing, Sherwin-Willilams. "From climbing gym to concert hall, the eight projects below demonstrate how vivid, playful hues will serve as crowning jewels for a truly unique space."
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RED: Young Disabled Modules and Workshop Pavilions by José Javier Gallardo ///g.bang///
This psychiatric center in Zaragoza, Spain, uses a bold red as the exterior, contrasting the stark white interior spaces.
The red color is a symbol that makes them visible… that robs us of prejudice… that emphasizes the social work… makes us more sexy! The material… the shape of this whole “scene” had to be modeled nobly!
Get this color: SW 6871 Positive Red *
ORANGE: El 'B' by Selgascano Arquitectos
This auditorium and performing arts center located on the docks of Cartagena, Spain uses color to define the interior spaces.
All the material, both aluminium and plastic, is manufactured from a single extruded section, varied in placement and colour to give the appearance of multiple pieces. These pieces are all set parallel to the pier edge to underscore the idea of horizontality and achieve an even longer rectangle than it already is, in this case extruded like a “churro” (wrinkled doughnut), only on its immediate scale: overall, it seems to be the result of an accumulation of different components, stacked neatly on the pier. The memory of a former use.
Get this color: SW 6884 Obstinate Orange *
YELLOW: Fai-Fah by Spark
The "New Fai-Fah Prachautis Learning Centre" in Bangkok, Thailand, aims to provide after-school educational support to children in lower socio economic brackets.
We aim to use the arts to empower children to have inner confidence and inspiration to change not only themselves, but also to improve the community in which they live...
Get this color: SW 6902 Decisive Yellow *
GREEN: Youth Center and Sports Complex Saint-Cloud by KOZ architectes
The green climbing gym in this youth center just outside of Paris, France, has been dubbed "the coolest indoor climbing wall in France".
The building uses color very openly and assertively, with a wide palette ranging from red to green, by way of yellow, pink and orange. These colors cover the facade in wide stripes. Inside, the same colors are systematically repeated, like stepping in an oversized graffiti. A color coding that helps you locate from the outside the areas created on the inside. A means of spatial orientation for young children.
Get this color: SW 6920 Center Stage *
BLUE: Didden Village by MVRDV
Parapet walls with windows surround the new village. Trees, tables, open-air showers and benches are added, optimizing the rooftop life. By finishing all elements with a blue poly-urethane coating a new “heaven” appears.
It creates a crown on top of the monument.
Get this color: SW 6793 Bluebell *
INDIGO: Living Room by Sara Sjögren
Swedish interior stylist Sara Sjögren has become known for her fearless use of color. In this example she applies a rich palette of blues and indigo to create a unique environment in a residential living room space.
Get this color: SW 6811 Honorable Blue *
This civic center in the Czech Republic has a violet-saturated concert hall.
The building was built on a shoestring budget and had to be tendered twice since European funding has very strict requirements. The only luxury was the choice of colours for the seats, and a ‘flutter’ of glass butterflies across the acoustic ceiling.
Get this color: SW 6832 Impulsive Purple *
* Colors are based on the photographs, using Sherwin-Williams online tool Chip It!