Altered space: The transformative capabilities of colour and light in the architecture of Steven Holl and UN Studio

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Abstract

The paper will explore the transformative capabilities of colour and light in architecture through selected projects of two contemporary architectural practices. Colour, which is generated through the play of light, is never static and has the capability to be used as an instrument to tune and transform architectural space. Coloured glass has been used for centuries, although with the symbolism embodied in the window design as the primary intent and the interaction of the cast colours largely a secondary effect. Drawing on an interview with Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos of UN Studio, based in Amsterdam, and considering the work of the American architect, Steven Holl, the paper argues that the metaphysical properties of reflected colour can be seen as instrumental to the synergic design of architectural space.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIC 2011, Interaction of Colour & Light in the Arts and Sciences, Midterm Meeting of the International Colour Association
PublisherInternational Colour Association (AIC)
Pages58-61
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-3-033-02929-3
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2011
EventAIC 2011, Interaction of Colour & Light in the Arts and Sciences, Midterm Meeting of the International Colour Association - Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 7 Jun 201010 Jul 2011

Conference

ConferenceAIC 2011, Interaction of Colour & Light in the Arts and Sciences, Midterm Meeting of the International Colour Association
CountrySwitzerland
CityZurich
Period7/06/1010/07/11

Keywords

  • Colour
  • architecture
  • light

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