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The Role of Color in Architecture: Visual Effects and Psychological Stimuli

08:00 - 9 June, 2018
The Role of Color in Architecture: Visual Effects and Psychological Stimuli, Escola em Alto de Pinheiros / Base Urbana + Pessoa Arquitetos. Image © Pedro Vanucchi
Escola em Alto de Pinheiros / Base Urbana + Pessoa Arquitetos. Image © Pedro Vanucchi

Colors and their perceptions are responsible for a series of conscious and subconscious stimuli in our psycho-spatial relationship. Despite its presence and its variations, it is present in all places. Have you ever wondered what its role is in architecture?

As well as the constructive elements that make up an architectural object, the application of colors on surfaces also influences the user's experience of the space. According to Israel Pedrosa, "a colorful sensation is produced by the nuances of light refracted or reflected by a material, commonly the word color is designated to those shades that function as stimuli in a chromatic sensation." [1]

Celebrate International Museum Day With These Exceptional Museum Designs

00:00 - 18 May, 2018
Celebrate International Museum Day With These Exceptional Museum Designs

Not all architects get the opportunity to design a museum. Between budget, scale and factors external to the field of architecture, designing a museum--and actually getting it built-- may mark the pinnacle of one's professional trajectory.

These public buildings provide an invaluable service to the communities in which they are located; from education to commemoration and (occasionally) the provision of public space, museums are "shining lights" in which architecture plays a fundamental role. 

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History / LEGORRETA

11:00 - 11 January, 2018
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History / LEGORRETA, © Lourdes Legorreta
© Lourdes Legorreta

© Lourdes Legorreta © Lourdes Legorreta © Lourdes Legorreta © Lourdes Legorreta + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fort Worth, TX, United States
  • Author Architects

    Ricardo Legorreta, Víctor Legorreta, Miguel Almaraz, Adriana Ciklik; Carlos Vargas
  • Area

    18600.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Highland Hall Residences Stanford University / LEGORRETA

15:00 - 23 November, 2017
Highland Hall Residences Stanford University  / LEGORRETA, © Hunter Kerhart
© Hunter Kerhart

© Hunter Kerhart © Hunter Kerhart © Hunter Kerhart © Hunter Kerhart + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, United States
  • Interior Design

    LEGORRETA
  • Team

    Víctor Legorreta, Miguel Almaraz, Adriana Ciklik, Carlos Vargas, Miguel Alatriste, Tania Bárcena, Daniel Rosselló, Brenda Mendoza, Paulina Gutiérrez, Lourdes del Val, Rebeca Cors, Maggy Carral
  • Associate and Executive Architect

    Steinberg
  • Steinberg Team

    Rob Steinberg, Ernest T. Yamane, Jonathan Chao, Mani Farhadi, Maggie Zhang, and Frank Sheng
  • Area

    14000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photography

    Hunter Kerhart

Victor Legorreta: “Sometimes, Architects Take Themselves Too Seriously”

09:30 - 17 November, 2017
Victor Legorreta: “Sometimes, Architects Take Themselves Too Seriously”, Pavilion Hacienda Matao, 2014. Image © Cristiano Mascaro
Pavilion Hacienda Matao, 2014. Image © Cristiano Mascaro

As the son of famed Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, and now the leader of the firm which he joined under his father in 1989, Victor Legorreta is one of Mexico’s most visible architects. In this interview, the latest in Vladimir Belogolovsky’s “City of Ideas” series, Legorreta discusses the complexities of following in the footsteps of his father and how, in his view, good architecture is made.

Vladimir Belogolovsky: What kind of projects are you working on at this moment?

Victor Legorreta: We work on a variety of projects—about 60 percent are in Mexico and the rest are abroad. Mexico City is increasingly becoming a vertical city in its attempt to reverse its tendency of growing into an endless and dysfunctional sprawl. We are working on several mixed-use towers with retail, entertainment, restaurants, offices, and residential uses in a single building to enable people to find everything they need within easy reach, to lessen the pressure on traffic, which in the city is now among the worst in the world. We are also working with The Aga Khan Foundation on two projects—a university in Tanzania and a hospital and university in Uganda.

BBVA Bancomer Tower, 2016 / LEGORRETA + Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image © Lourdes Legorreta Visual Arts Center, Santa Fe, 1999. Image © Lourdes Legorreta Papalote Children's Museum and Planetarium, 1993, planetarium 2003, renovation 2016. Image © Ma. Dolores Robles-Martinez Gómez Postgraduate Building, Faculty of Economics, UNAM, 2010. Image © Allen Vallejo + 59

TOKS Veracruz Restaurant / LEGORRETA

15:00 - 4 August, 2017
TOKS Veracruz Restaurant / LEGORRETA, © Lucía Cervantes
© Lucía Cervantes

© Lucía Cervantes © Lucía Cervantes © Lucía Cervantes © Lucía Cervantes + 34

BBVA Bancomer Tower / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA + Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

15:00 - 11 February, 2016
BBVA Bancomer Tower / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA + Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Lourdes Legorreta © Mark Gorton © Lourdes Legorreta © Lourdes Legorreta + 28

AD Classics: Pershing Square / Ricardo Legorreta + Laurie Olin

06:00 - 23 November, 2015
AD Classics: Pershing Square / Ricardo Legorreta + Laurie Olin, © Legorreta + Legorreta, photograph by Lourdes Legorreta
© Legorreta + Legorreta, photograph by Lourdes Legorreta

The recently announced competition to redesign Pershing Square, Los Angeles’ oldest park, will be at least the sixth iteration of the space in the heart of the city’s rapidly changing downtown. Occupying a full city block, what is now Pershing Square (named for the World War I general) was part of the 1781 Spanish land grant to the City of Los Angeles, and was officially dedicated as a park, originally called La Plaza Abaja, in 1866.[1] The current iteration, designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta and landscape architect Laurie Olin, with art installations by Barbara McCarren, opened in 1994. Just over twenty years later, the brightly-colored, geometric stucco structures, and the hardscape-heavy layout have faced extensive criticism–one local website is fond of calling it the city’s “most hated park”–but Legorreta and Olin’s design makes a bold statement for urban public space in Los Angeles, unmatched by any other park in the city.

Montes Pirineos / LEGORRETA & SEPÚLVEDA + BLANCASMORAN

09:00 - 5 July, 2015
Montes Pirineos / LEGORRETA & SEPÚLVEDA + BLANCASMORAN, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo + 25

  • Architects

    LEGORRETA & SEPÚLVEDA, BLANCASMORAN
  • Location

    Ciudad de México, Mexico
  • Architect In Charge

    Imanol Legorreta Molina, Pablo Sepúlveda de Yturbe, Abel Blancas Moran
  • Photographs

HBKU Carnegie Mellon / Legorreta + Legorreta

01:00 - 12 December, 2014
HBKU Carnegie Mellon  / Legorreta + Legorreta, © Yona Schley
© Yona Schley

© Yona Schley © Yona Schley © Yona Schley © Yona Schley + 7

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA

01:00 - 9 December, 2014
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA, © Yona Schley
© Yona Schley

© Yona Schley © Yona Schley © Yona Schley © Yona Schley + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Doha, Qatar
  • Architecture

    Ricardo Legorreta, Víctor Legorreta, Miguel Almaraz, Adriana Ciklik, Carlos Vargas, Miguel Alatriste, Jana Schulz
  • Project Area

    50000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

TerraEsperanza / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA

01:00 - 5 December, 2014
TerraEsperanza / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA, © Ange Bourda
© Ange Bourda

© Ange Bourda © Ange Bourda © Ange Bourda © Ange Bourda + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Architects in Charge

    Víctor Legorreta, Miguel Almaraz, Adriana Ciklik, Carlos Vargas, Miguel Alatriste
  • Associated Architect

    Edificios Verdes de México
  • Project Area

    12800.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

HBKU Student Center / Legorreta + Legorreta

01:00 - 27 November, 2014
HBKU Student Center / Legorreta + Legorreta, © Yona Schley
© Yona Schley

© Yona Schley © Yona Schley © Yona Schley © Yona Schley + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Doha, Qatar
  • Design Team

    Ricardo Legorreta, Víctor Legorreta, Miguel Almaraz, Adriana Ciklik, Carlos Vargas, Miguel Alatriste
  • Project Manager

    Eduardo Cuéllar
  • Project Area

    32000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Pavilion Hacienda Matao / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA

01:00 - 11 May, 2014
© Cristiano Mascaro
© Cristiano Mascaro
  • Architects

  • Location

    Matão - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Executive Architect

    Ricardo Lemus
  • Design Team

    Ricardo Legorreta, Víctor Legorreta, Noé Castro, Miguel Almaraz, Adriana Ciklik, Carlos Vargas
  • Area

    3500.0 m2
  • Year

    2014
  • Photography

    Cristiano Mascaro

© Cristiano Mascaro © Cristiano Mascaro © Cristiano Mascaro © Cristiano Mascaro + 10

La Purificadora Hotel / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA

00:00 - 15 May, 2009
La Purificadora Hotel / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA

La Purificadora Hotel / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA La Purificadora Hotel / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA La Purificadora Hotel / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA La Purificadora Hotel / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA + 23

  • Architects

    LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA
  • Location

    Puebla, Mexico
  • Associate Architect

    Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos
  • Structure

    García Jarque Ingenieros, SC.
  • Landscape Architects

    Espacios Verdes
  • Lighting Consultant

    Luz y Forma
  • Art

    Laureana Toledo
  • Interiors

    LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA, SerranoMonjaraz Arquitectos
  • Electrical & Services Consultant

    Proyectos de Ingeniería Eléctrica y Sistemas Automatizados S.A. de CV.
  • Contractor

    Grupo Huitzilin SA de CV
  • Kitchen Consultant

    DIPREC
  • Graphic Design

    CENTRO
  • Client

    Plus Arrendamientos
  • Exteriors Area

    711 sqm
  • Site Area

    1178 sqm
  • Area

    3000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007