Win three signed copies of Richard Meier’s new book: “Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona”

A while ago, we had the chance of interviewing Richard Meier. During the interview, Meier told us about the importance of white in architecture. Now, we want to know your opinion. For you, what is the importance of white in contemporary architecture? Leave us your answer in the comments below, and among all the registered users who comment we will give away three signed copies of the book by and Associate Partner – Reynolds Logan.

Become a registered user right here, share with us your comment and next Wednesday, May4 we’ll announce the three winners! You can see more photos by and a short review of “Museu d’Art Contemporani de after the break.

Richard Meier’s importance of white:

Published in Poligrafa’s new series on museum architecture, this volume is devoted to the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona–widely known by its acronym “MACBA”–designed by American architect Richard Meier (born 1934). Located in the Raval neighborhood of Barcelona, MACBA forges a dialogue with the historic urban quarter. The neighborhood’s labyrinthine streets are reflected in the building’s organization, most notably in the main entry, as well as a parallel pedestrian walkway that connects the museum’s rear garden to a recently created plaza in front of the museum. As befits an institution devoted to modern and contemporary art, the museum synthesizes the striking innovation of its rationalist architecture and the accrued history of its context. Offering detailed information on every aspect of the project, this publication features a full-page photographic essay by renowned Spanish photographer Aleix Bagué, as well as an in-depth interview with Meier.

Review by artbook.com.

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Win three signed copies of Richard Meier’s new book: “Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona”" 27 Apr 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 02 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=130978>
  • Alejo Manuel Gomez

    I’d hope win. I admire so much Meier’s work !

    • lucas thomas

      light is well described with white. architecture describes light.

    • le espino

      white is purity & simplicity.

  • Scott Lagstrom

    White allows the space to be quietly defined, allowing the contents of the space to interact more boldly with the form and light. To me, this is especially important in a museum where artwork is experienced so it’s not overpowered by competing visual complexities.

  • Wonyeop Seok

    his density of space is still there. great work RM!

  • Tim Lee

    As a Richard Meier fan, I hope I win!

  • Brian Potere

    Quite simply, the absence of materiality allows the architecture to speak for itself.

  • http://www.danielkocso.hu Dániel Kócsó

    Whiteness equals clearness and simplicity, the essences of the minimal design.

  • saeed akrami

    I am completely inspired of Meier`s architechture and I think that only the white can decode the building`s spirit,my works are compeletly white in exterior

  • Luís Ibérico Nogueira

    White defines purity. White space becomes a white canvas, ready to be used and filled with mundane objects. Space is always defined better when its corners hold shades of white.

  • M Nasri Nasir

    White is important in contemporary architecture because it forms the greatest contrast when a shadow is cast on it.

  • Lucas Soares

    White is cool

  • Andreea Pascu

    Brightness! White creates a fantastic contrast, shadows and light. I love white surfaces, but they shouldn’t be glossy though.. Meier knows how to take advantage of it’s qualities..

  • Chris Mojo

    Whiteness shows architectural elements in their purest form without the ornamentation of color distracting onlookers and visitors from them.

    • george mokhtar

      I agree :)

  • Claudio Munoz Whiting

    Clean, minimalist and white; is the best but is the toughest to achieve. Avoiding overdoing projects is a life time commitment for architects!

  • Seda Guntan

    Art or/and architecture?
    With Meier’s designs museum become piece of art.
    By the way of using the light and shadow, form and function and space organizations, the building turn into a cortex for the art pieces which are exhibited in the museum.

  • Seda Guntan

    Art or/and architecture?
    With Meier’s designs museum become piece of art.
    By the way of using the light and shadow, form and function and space organizations, the building turn in to a cortex of the art pieces which are exhibited in the museum.

  • andrew hill

    Two things come to mind for me when I dwell on the importance of white in contemporary architecture. When work is predominantly white the intended spatial experience is more clearly read. It is popular today to have “white out” spaces but the reason I myself respond in this way is because I am largely concerned with the spatial experience of a project, the void rather than the solid of architecture and I believe white or at least monochromatic schemes express the purest form of an architectural gesture. It puts an emphasis on the space the architecture is containing rather than the container itself.

    The other reason I would put a prominence on white is that the use of color generally concerns me. When I say color I mean paint basically, and usually synthetic materials. I think the use of natural materials is a better way to bring color into a project i.e. wood, stone, concrete. My concern with color is that I haven’t heard a compelling argument about colors place in great architecture. I find that color is just so fashionable and the use of it can usually in a negative way date a project. In contemporary architecture there are colors, color ranges and hues that are very popular right now but in 5 years this will change.

  • Tom Lyth

    Using white enhances the viewers focus onto an objects form. The play between light and shadow is maximised and is shaping how contemporary architecture is appreciated.

  • William May

    While much can be said of the purity of form and relationships to light when rendering a building white, maintaining whiteness over time is what solidifies the contemporary humanistic expression.

  • José Luis Serrano Medina

    Light and dark, just using white.

  • andrew hill

    When work is predominantly white the intended spatial experience is more clearly read. It is very popular today to have “white out” spaces but the reason I myself respond in this way is because I am largely concerned with the spatial experience of a project, the void rather than the solid of architecture and I believe white or at least monochromatic schemes express the purest form of an architectural gesture. It puts an emphasis on the space the architecture is containing rather than the container itself.

    • Margarita Konstantinidou

      una paloma blanca

  • mariaignacia pastenes

    Just….White.

  • Larry Webster

    Between Silence and Light…there is Richard Meier!

  • Rodrigo Godoy

    seems that Meier really is the King of white ….. good work….great book

  • Jared Crawford

    Such an amazing architect. I absolutely ADORE the Getty Museum in LA.

  • Stephany

    I admire Meier’s work so much…
    I love the way he turns white into every color, and the way white is all ornament in spaces, Meier shows that architecture never needs more than a good sense of space.

  • Madeeha Merchant

    Architects who successfully use White or Black are extremely skilled. Not every architect can achieve that level of success. White defines purity and a sublime field of interaction. A year back, I sneaked into Richard Meier’s Saltzman’s House… in the Hamptons & what beauty it was. THat architecture clearly stood above all what we experienced in the Hamptons ! Definitely visit… if you are in that area !

  • Jacklyn Hsia

    White is clean and simple. If you can work in white and convey ideas in the simplest form, you can work in anything else.

  • Ben Reddersen

    White is powerful. As a ‘color’ it symbolizes unity and purity. Functionally, white draws attention to colored forms, a property which is especially vital in a museum.

  • Cara G

    To Larry – I believe it might be suffice to say “Between Silence and White…there is Richard Meier,” and to Rodrigo some might say that Meier is the Prince of white and Corbusier is the King.

  • Maryia Kukharava

    Amazing book, I want it so much :)