JENNIFER NEWSOM + TOM CARRUTHERS

Dark Matter

a mixture of the unknown and the tangible - by Jennifer Newsom

Color in Architecture

Aptly, given my previous post, I begin with the color BLACK.

Ad Reinhardt. Abstract Painting. 1963.

Ad Reinhardt. Abstract Painting. 1963.

Adjaye_DirtyHouse
Adjaye_DirtyHouse

And WHITE.

Olgiati_YellowHouse
Olgiati_YellowHouse
LucioFontana_ConcettoSpazialeAttese
LucioFontana_ConcettoSpazialeAttese

Fact is, most architects are afraid of color. There are exceptions of course (Foster, Nouvel, Rogers, and to go back, Gaudi), but I would say that most hide behind a "truth to materials" argument instead of operating in praise of pigment. Of course, a material has a color, so that is certainly a valid approach, but when was the last time you experienced a space saturated with applied (or implied) color? That wasn't created by an artist?

OlafurEliasson_RoomForOneColor
OlafurEliasson_RoomForOneColor