May 2 - May 8, 2011

Le Corbusier, one of the master architects of the Bauhaus movement, which is considered minimalistic in use of color, said that “color is the immediate spontaneous expression of life.” Which of the following expressions about the architectural use of color most closely reflects your view?


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Architecture is functional art; color gives it life. 75%
Color is central to design. 22%
Color has little importance in relation to line and plane. 2%
Color is insignificant; architecture is now building science. 2%


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Tagged categories: Architecture; Color; Color + Design

Comment from Gillian Rose, (5/2/2011, 8:06 AM)

I wholeheartedly agree with Le Corbusier, "color is the immediate spontaneous expression of life",


Comment from Barbara Jacobs, (5/5/2011, 8:14 AM)

I also agree, but with one step further: Architecture is functional art, and the application of color with a functional approach can enhance even the functional aspect of architecture. So, not just "expressing" life but providing an actual experience beyond the original forms and spaces.


Comment from Gordon Van Metre, (5/5/2011, 9:29 AM)

To turn his own words on him, I'd have to say then that Le Corbusier was lifeless and lacking in spontanaiety, unless you consider shades of gray and the occasional beige color. I've always been a fan of the clean lines, simple planes, and expressed structure of modernist architecture, but as many will agree, I find it cold. Only when it's been warmed up with natural materials - wood and stone - and some dashes of color does it really come to life. My purist proclivities aside, slavish adherence to the nearly colorless palette in much modern architecture makes it remote, inhuman, and lifeless. There's a direct line from Bauhaus to Soviet era apartment blocks.


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