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colourperfect architectural colour consultants

colourspace analysis +design
 

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We advise developers, housing associations, local authorities and business on the use of colour in architectural space.

We work with architects, landscape architects, designers and individual clients to enhance the aesthetic cohesion, appeal and functionality of the core architectural design.

         
 

We offer a complete colour design solution from initial concept idea to completion for commercial and residential projects.

           
               
 

method

Architecture presents some specific challenges with respect to colour design. The fact that architectural colour is on a large scale, that it faces, surrounds or contains the viewer significantly affects colour perception. Also, architectural space is an inhabited space. Functional meanings as much as personal and cultural associations to one's house, a neighbourhood or a city strret have an equally complex influence upon colour experience.

By making the phenomenology of architectural space the focus of our analytical process, we establish a meaningful anchor for the colour composition to support and visibly enhance the architectural form.

         
 

colour is form+substance+experience.

           
 

Our unique approach to colour design follows on the pioneering work of the french philosopher Gaston Bachelard who analyzed aspects of inhabited space in terms of the significations that we attribute to these in perception.

Within this philosophical tradition we combine our respective skills to offer an artistically innovative aesthetic and a practical design methodology.

         
 

background

Herbert Marcuse once suggested that the aesthetic challenge for Modern Art is not in the realm of Art, the sphere of the Unreal, but in the actual reconstruction of society; the work of art is the World itself. Our approach to colour takes up this challenge as much as it follows Bertolt Brecht's dictum that a work of art is “symbolic action”. The re-making of our homes and our cities in colour will no not only change the way go about our everyday lives, it will usher in deeply transformative effects in our communal psyche.

In practical terms, the challenge is to recognize the supreme value of the commonest things; of sunlight, of air and water. The same goes for colour. Since colour is everywhere, and all is colour in a manner of speaking, in the hierarchy of values colour is often the poor relation way down at the bottom.

Yet when we focus on actual experience, the very sensation and the symbolic value of colour space becomes paramount; the white rose is not red, the white dress is not black. Yet to describe is only to paraphrase.

             
           
 

services

Our fees and services are tailored to our clients' specific requirements and reflect the size and complexity of each project.

         
 
We offer:
           
 
  • analysis and colour concept design of architectural interiors in apartments, offices and hotels.
  • exterior colour concept design of building facades, public spaces and street landscape design.
  • commercial colour theme design of bars, shops and restaurants.
  • concept colour in brand recognition and advertising.
  • advice on materials and processes (e.g. lighting) which influence the colour effect.
  • on site supervision and quality control.
         
               
 

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video

Tom Mayne talks about his life and works. For more info on his practice see Morphosis.
Elizabeth Diller, Princeton University: Things That Keep Me Up at Night.
Elizabeth Diller talks about her recent architectural projects with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Elizabeth Diller is a Professor of Architecture and MacArthur Fellow at Princeton University School of Architecture.
Places for Learning: New Functions and New Forms.
Dean Mitchell talks about the integral relationship between effective education and the architectural space in which teaching and learning take place. William J. Mitchell is the Head of Program in Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab.
Housing the Lowest Income Americans: The Past, Present and Future of Public Housing.
Professor Vale gives a historical overview of public housing in America and talks about his most recent book Reclaiming Public Housing. Lawrence J. Vale is a Professor and Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT School of Architecture and Planning.
     
  dublin contact: marek bogacki (+3531) 872 3016 address: 6, Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 email: colourperfect@eircom.net
paris contact: francesca o'brien (+33) 06 19 81 37 97 address: 14, Passage du Sud, Paris 75019 email: aplusda@wanadoo.fr