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Colorful Architecture: 7 Cities with Vibrant Colors Seen from Above

Fascinating and photogenic, colorful cities often catch the eye not only of the thousands of tourists visiting every year but also of many architects around the world. From an aerial viewpoint - which happens to be how many visitors get their first glimpse of these cities from the window of an airplane - one can see the colorful picture created by the many different shades of roofs and rooftops.

There are many different reasons for this diversity of colors. Some cities use specific colors on roofing as a climate strategy, while others simply have a tradition of painting houses in a certain way. In any case, these colorful cities are unquestionably very visually appealing.

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Monochrome Interiors: Color at the Forefront

We know that colors can influence our sensations and cause different perceptions of a space, which confirms the benefits of designing a consistent color palette and its importance in architectural projects. The impact of color on a space and on the people who use it becomes even more perceptible when the whole environment is covered with just one color. In these cases, the selected shade can be applied to countless architectural elements. Floors, ceilings, walls, furniture, or even pipes and electrical conduits can have a specific hue to match the monochromatic environment.

Objective Subject Offices / GRT Architects. Image: © Nicole FranzenPP Nutritionist Office / LANZA Atelier. Image: © Luis YoungAmerican School of Kosovo / Maden Group. Image: © Leonit IbrahimiAxur Cyber Inspection / Arquitetura Nacional. Image: © Marcelo Donadussi+ 11

CR.IS Apartment / A2OFFICE

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Vila do Conde, Portugal
  • Architects: A2OFFICE
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  95
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: BRUMA, CIN, Ineslam, Sanindusa, Wicanders, +7

The Boundless Banality of Beige: A Rant

This article was originally published on Common Edge

I am tired of design magazines and paint companies trying to sell me on dull “neutral” colors. They claim ”Beige Is Back,” that there is a historical elegance and calming effect to monochromatic off-whites. I don’t buy it. A minimalistic approach to color in modern buildings and interiors doesn’t relax me—it puts me to sleep. When I awake, I am angry. The historical notion that bleached Greco-Roman temples represent beauty is a myth. The ancients never rendered their structures, interiors, and ornament without color. Their architecture was vividly polychromatic.

100architects Regenerates Pedestrian Bridge in Shanghai, China, with Colorful Spaces

100architects has designed a proposal that regenerates the Puji Road pedestrian bridge in Shanghai, China. Entitled High Loop, the proposal reimagines the 1-kilometer elevated platform, adding playfulness and color to the city, without transforming the structure.

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Monochromatic Kitchens: 3 Design Strategies with a Single Color

Apartament in Korydallos / Plaini and Karahalios Architects. Image © Nikos PapageorgiouTetrys 607 Apartament / CR2 Arquitetura. Image © Cris FarhatJade Residence / E/L Studio. Image © Pepper WatkinsApartament in Korydallos / Plaini and Karahalios Architects. Image © Nikos Papageorgiou+ 29

A monochrome environment is a space in which most architectural elements are of a single color. Although it is common for architects to design black or white monochromatic spaces due to its neutrality, it is possible to use almost any color to design a space, taking advantage of their infinite tones, undertones, and shades.

OLX Offices / Pedra Silva Arquitectos

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Create Color Palettes from Your Smartphone Pics with These 4 Free Apps

Luis Barragán House / Luis Barragán. Imagem © Flickr of LrBln
Luis Barragán House / Luis Barragán. Imagem © Flickr of LrBln

"Anyone can be a photographer nowadays, all you need is a smartphone." Although this is a well-known cliche, that doesn't mean it's entirely untrue. Recently, with the advancement of smartphone technology, aided by social networks, the growth of photographic capabilities on these devices has increased at an exponential speed. 

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

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]