Colors play a very important role in our world. Many studies have been done about the psychology of colors and the meaning behind them. It is very difficult to see the natural world and man-made world (buildings, products, etc.) without colors. One thing is for sure that color is irreplaceable because we use it as a powerful form of communication. For example, traffic lights send universal message when it turns red, meaning to “stop” and turning green to signal “go”. Designers all over the world have realized the powerful reactions of colors and have used it for products, logos, web sites, and even architecture. Dzzyn has gathered stimulating buildings that have the color, yellow, in common.
Yellow is the color of sunshine. It’s associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy. Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and is an attention seeker. Yellow and blue are complimentary to each other which explain why some of these designers have chosen the color yellow for their buildings against the beautiful blue sky. Because yellow is very effective for attracting attention, designers use this color to highlight the most important elements of their design. In no particular order, let’s look at 10 Must-See Yellow-Colored Architecture.
:: 1 :: CITE DES AFFAIRES IN SAINT-ETIENNE | Architects: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture | Location: 106 Rue de la Montat, 42000 Saint-Étienne, France | Project Year: 2010 | Photographs: Vincent Fillon
The building is located at an intersection with an inviting yellow void as the entrance. “The project is like a large ‘Aztec serpent’ rising on the lot. Its body has three identical outer faces, and an underside that is different: a skin of silvery transparent scales and a bright yellow ‘throat’, shiny and opaque… This is a project that is about bringing together yellow and grey, silver and gold.”
:: 2 :: Nestlé Application Group Querétaro | Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos | Location: Querétaro, Mexico | Project Year: 2007 | Photographs: Paul Rivera
The facility is a series of unified contrast: metallic, glossy exterior, with and against brilliant, colorful interiors, the abstract planes of the exterior boxes, with and against the exuberance of the connected spheres. The building plays with this contrast in a dynamic way, going from dominant to discrete moments based on the observer’s position to the facility.
:: 3 :: APAP Open School | Architects: LOT-EK Architecture & Design | Location: Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea | Project Year: 2010 | Photographs: Kim Myoung-Sik
“A shipping container structure is conceived as an open site for the Open School and positioned along the river edge to activate the recreational space of the riverfront and to allow its users to be visitors, spectators and actors.” The striking colorful nature of the building is not the only element making this a dynamic construction. The designer’s choice to form an angled overhang at the top of the structure provides for a lively and unique user experience that draws upon carefully framed light and views of both nature and urban life intermingling.
:: 4 :: Moai Pension | Architects: Studio Koossino | Location: South Korea | Project Year: 2012 | Photographs: Jae Seong Lee
This tourism project is inspired by the interpretation of Easter Island’s Maoi statues as milestones of Mother Nature; the designers created an asymmetrical design that alludes to the monolithic monuments. The outer surface was painted in yellow with a stark contrast to the natural color while the inner atypical space was painted in homogeneous white to maximize the diffusion of light.
:: 5 :: Tellus Nursery School | Architects: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter | Location: Telefonplan, 126 37 Hägersten, Sweden | Project Year: 2010 | Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman
The kidney-shaped building curls around a courtyard sheltering the main entrance. Bright yellow wooden batons clad the facade and partially cover some of the windows to filter sunlight. Windows are freely placed at different heights and allow for light and views to be adapted to the scale of children, creating a relation between the interior and the exterior playground and the wooded hill.
:: 6 :: Kubuswoningen | Architects: Piet Blom | Location: Overblaak 70, 3011 MH Rotterdam, The Netherlands | Project Year: 1984 | Photographs: Dirk Verwoerd & Cor Boers
After the Second World War, the city commissioned Piet Blom to redevelop the historic section of Rotterdam’s port with architecture of character. This gave an opportunity to Blom to apply his earlier cube housing exploration in Helmond to a more urban context. His design philosophy was that “a building has to be recognizable as a house for it to qualify as housing.” The entire development contains 270 dwellings, 1000 square meters of catering and shops, and parking for 300 cars. Each elevated cube represented a tree and therefore they collectively represented a forest. Blom realized that elevating inhabitable masses on narrow trunks would maximize public space below while creating ideal views from above, a concept that was inspired by the work of Le Corbusier. Kubuswoningen is an influential precedent for progressive and innovative architectural development.
:: 7 :: The Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Center | Architects: Oscar Niemeyer | Location: Avilés, Asturias, Spain | Project Year: 2006 | Photographs: Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre
The cultural center has an auditorium for 1000 spectators, spills onto a public plaza, which also contains a viewing tower and three-story dome-shaped museum. The Niemeyer Center was born intending to become a reference in Ibero-American cultural management and a bridge between all its shores. Therefore, it was conceived as a magnet capable of attracting talent, knowledge and creativity, but also as a door opening Asturias to the world.
:: 8 :: Ørestad Plejecenter | Architects: JJW Arkitekter | Location: Copenhagen, Denmark | Project Year: 2012 | Photographer: Kennett Krebs
The 7 story vibrant blocks function as a cozy home for 114 senior residents. The designers wanted to create a modern and efficient workplace for the staff and comfortable homes for the residents. Plejecenter is made up of different volumes which creates many balconies, terraces, roof and courtyards to present the users, with many outdoor choices and activities.
:: 9 :: Platform of Arts and Creativity | Architects: Pitagoras Arquitectos | Location: Guimarães, Portugal | Project Year: 2012 | Photographs: Jose Campos & Joao Morgado
Shimmering yellow brass walls surround the new two-story structure which comprises a series of irregularly stacked volumes that extend out from a refurbished row of existing buildings on the edge of an old market square in the city center.
:: 10 :: Emporia Shopping Center| Architects: Wingårdhs | Location: Hyllie Boulevard 19, Malmö, Sweden | Project Year: 2012 | Photographs: Tord-Rikard Söderström
“Emporia is first and foremost an urban planning project in which offices, housing, and retail come together in a mixed-use development along Boulevarden and Stationsgatan in Hyllie, on the south side of Malmö. The main idea of our winning competition entry was to hide inward-looking retail behind a wreath of residential and commercial buildings.The curving golden glass stretches across a gridshell structure, which curves up and back to allow daylight to penetrate the entrance courtyard. The roof of the structure accommodates a large park with a faceted landscape made up of lawns, terraces and pavilions.”