An Architect’s Color Manifesto – How to use color in architectural design



As a modernist I don’t view the use of color in architectural design as a stylistic or aesthetic overlay, rather an ethos. I always strive to use materials for their underlying, inherent texture, color and natural character.

color should…reinforce the concept
… reveal its composition
…color should explain
…it should be born of the site
…a place
…a geography
…a climate
…a culture

color should invoke an emotional response
…it should be warm…
…and advance
…or…be cool…
…and recede…
…color should be used with restraint
…and be materially honest
…it should highlight passage of time
…be bold…
…and instruct…
…or invite curiosity…
…color should comfort
…and always…defer to light.

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