What is black and white and red all over? Odile Decq

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Odile Decq, ODBC Architects, Paris

Parisian architect and urbanist Odile Decq contends that black, not white, is the “truly neutral” color for a museum. At the Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Roma (MACRO), where she inserted the new program into an early-20th century Peroni beer factory, dark surfaces shroud the red polygon that houses the museum’s auditorium. Elsewhere, Decq embraces white. Her red-and-white “Phantom” restaurant weaves throughout the porte cochere of the historic Palais Garnier in Paris. Without touching the opera house’s protected surfaces, the restaurant floats on a steel skeleton covered with white plaster in homage to its famous specter. #wood040912


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