Color: A Fundamental Ingredient

“It is time to reconsider the basic visual elements of three-dimensional design in architecture. Current architecture/interior design practice starts with developing distinctive form to which, if considered at all, color, texture, and patterns are applied more as an after thought. Contemporary design education which emphasizes form over more intimate visual details is responsible for the present generation of designers who create tonal gray environments devoid of sufficient visual interest to enliven the human spirit, resulting in a discomforting sensory deprivation. The design process must be revered, starting with color and light, to utilize their full potential. This will bring a rejuvenation and new hope to our buildings.”

– Excerpt from “Color from the Ground Up”

1) Contextual Color: The first step of a contextual color study is the visual recording of the site. In this case, a set of photographs was used.
2) Visual Analysis: Color Sentences: Color sentences represent the analysis of hue, value, chroma, proportion, and light encountered in the images.
3) Sketching: “Magic Squares” (Klee): Relating colors in two perpendicular directions, magic squares apply the color and light properties found in preparing color sentences
4) Conceptual Forms: Because of their derivative nature, conceptual forms integrate within the original context in terms of color, proportion, scale, and quality of light, while leading towards a three-dimensional form
5) Making Form: The process finalized with a volumetric composition that harmonizes with its context.