Colorful Architecture around the World: Part I

Colorful buildings dot landscapes and cityscapes around the world. Eye-catching and inviting photography subjects, they bring variety to otherwise everyday sights. Here are three of these fun and creative works to kick off the new blog series, “Colorful Architecture around the World.”

Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum, the Netherlands

Neutelings Riedijk Architects completed the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum in 2006. A perfect cube with five levels above ground and five below, it houses the national archives of Dutch radio and television, a media museum, and the institute’s offices.

The building, despite its colorful cast-glass panels, houses a critique of a media-saturated world. Working with graphic designer Jaap Drupsteen, the outer glass panels were made to depict a blur of famous images from Dutch television. The blurred images, discernible from only certain angles, express the daily bombardment of images and information from the media.

The three components of the interior – the archives, media museum, and offices – surround a large atrium. Different parts of the building offer contrasting experiences and atmospheres, evoking images of the calm versus and inferno. This New York Times article further details the building’s interior. (Sources: Neutelings Riedijk Architects, New York Times)

Poplar Kid’s Republic in Beijing, China

Poplar Kid’s Republic is a children’s bookstore with a design attracting and inviting to children. In this interior project, SAKO Architects wanted to create a space to cultivate children’s curiosity.

Colorful ribbons stretch throughout the first and second floors of the bookstore, coming into contact and becoming a part of the bookshelves, floors, ceiling, staircase, and more. The ribbons, like the books themselves, provide cheerful visuals to invite children to read. Also inviting for children, holes in the bookshelves serve as playful reading spaces.

Bound by the project’s feature, the colorful ribbons, there is no separation between the pieces of furniture and the structure of the interior. (Source: SAKO Architects)

Your Rainbow Panorama (ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum) in Aarhus, Denmark

Your Rainbow Panorama provides its visitors with a panoramic, color-tinted view of the city it sits above. Designed by Olafur Eliasson and completed in 2011, the circular walkway was built on the roof of one of the largest art museums in Europe. The walkway is 150 meters long and has a diameter of 52 meters.

The panoramic walkway is both an experience and a work of art. According to Eliasson, the project “erases the boundaries between inside and outside – where people become a little uncertain as to whether they have stepped into a work or into part of the museum.” In their visits to the art museum, patrons will wonder if they have become a part of the artwork themselves. (Source: koikoikoi)