Colors have always been celebrated in Escreo. Look at our logo if you do not believe it. Placed on the wall, they break the depressing monotony of bare concrete and add fresh freshness to our favorite spaces.
That’s why we traveled the world in search of the most colorful buildings that struggle with the grayness of the urban landscape. We selected seven of them and decided to share them with you.
Wearing colored clothes while reading this article is strongly recommended.
1. The International Institute of Management, Kolkata
Here is a school in which to look out the window during an hour would be perfectly justified. In the words of architect Abin Chawdhuri, the International Institute of Management in Kolkata is inspired by the natural dynamics of nature, which constantly changes its color. Elongated windows on the facade build a pattern with a unique pattern reflecting the unpredictable faces of the Indian sky.
Completed in 2010, the building aims to stimulate the international exchange of experience and knowledge in the field of management. Its interior and exterior should have embraced precisely this principle and the resulting variety. We can say that Chawdhuri’s team has successfully fulfilled the task assigned to him. The result is a world-class architecture that is a real delight for the eyes.
2. Haight Street, San Francisco
Hip-Hop Center in the 1960s, High Street grabs the eye with Victorian-style villas. You will not find less than three colors on the facade of any of them, and the patterns themselves are as intense as if they were painted with children’s crayons. Even the graffiti, peering from nearby blocks, in a tone with the endless kaleidoscope of colors.
Houses are often called “painted ladies” by local people. The name was first used in 1978 by Elizabeth Pimada and Michael Larson in their book, “Painted Ladies – The San Francisco Houses of San Francisco.” Typical of them is that each of the colors on the facades aims to reinforce a separate frieze or other architectural detail.
3. Nautilus, Mexico City
This is how the look of the modern architecture and natural shapes would look like if we add a little color to the blend. The Nautilus House is named after the so-called mollusc and belongs to a family on the outskirts of Mexico City. Their desire was to break their homes from standard angular forms and to complement the environment naturally. We believe it fulfilled.
The architect of the unusual project is Javier Seconsoin. He himself admits that the works of Gaudi and Frank Lloyd Wright have served him for inspiration. Cessnoain is admirer of the so-called “bio-architecture” – building up buildings that are borrowed from organic forms of life and come into harmony with an ecosystem. Nautilus’ stained-glass façade is emblematic not only for the current but also for the whole of Mexico City.
4. Dexia Towers, Brussels
We welcome you to the third highest skyscraper in Brussels. This in itself is not particularly impressive, but the Dexia Towers hide another secret. The buildings are equipped with 72,000 LED bulbs installed in over 6,000 windows. Together, they illuminate the sky with colors and provide residents with a daily weather forecast.
Towers use different colors to take into account monthly changes in average temperatures. In the last years, the owners of the building have limited the operation of bulbs to 10 minutes per hour between sunset and midnight. The goal, of course, is to limit energy costs.
5. Hotel Pantonе, Brussels
The Belgian capital hides another surprise for the lovers of colors. Hotel Pantonе accommodates seven floors, decorated in different color palettes. And before you asked – yes, it includes even the glass balconies and windows. His architect was Olivier Hanaret
The interior of the rooms overlooks even the exterior façade. Designer Michelle Pennemann’s work, the furnishings use white walls as a plan to top up individual accents. The furniture, utensils, even the installations are maintained in the respective flooring range. A nice detail is the framed pantonе sheets and the design books placed in each of the rooms.