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  • Design study for the façade of the Colorium, by Alsop Architects, Düsseldorf, 2002 (Image: ©Alsop Architects) 1 / 6  Design study for the façade of the Colorium, by Alsop Architects, Düsseldorf, 2002 (Image: ©Alsop Architects)
  • Central St Giles Court by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, London, 2010 (Image: ©Renzo Piano Building Workshop) 2 / 6  Central St Giles Court by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, London, 2010 (Image: ©Renzo Piano Building Workshop)
  • Beehives for Olaf Nicolai, by Sauerbruch Hutton 2002 (Image: ©Franz Hoeck/Sauerbruch Hutton) 3 / 6  Beehives for Olaf Nicolai, by Sauerbruch Hutton 2002 (Image: ©Franz Hoeck/Sauerbruch Hutton)
  • Westminster Academy by AHMM, London, 2007 (Image: ©Timothy Soar / AHMM) 4 / 6  Westminster Academy by AHMM, London, 2007 (Image: ©Timothy Soar / AHMM)
  • Brunnenhof Housing Complex by Gigon / Guyer with Adrian Scheiss, Zurich, 2007 (Image: ©Gigon/Guyer Architekten) 5 / 6  Brunnenhof Housing Complex by Gigon / Guyer with Adrian Scheiss, Zurich, 2007 (Image: ©Gigon/Guyer Architekten)
  • Didden Village by MVRDV, Rotterdam, 2006 (Image: ©MVRDV) 6 / 6  Didden Village by MVRDV, Rotterdam, 2006 (Image: ©MVRDV)

A recent explosion of color in architecture - the bold, emphatic, and unapologetic use of any hue of the rainbow as augmentation - was part of the inspiration for Chromazone at The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). The exhibition explores pragmatic, functional, and suggestive uses of color in contemporary projects, including ones by MVRDV, Caruso St John, Sauerbruch Hutton, and Valerio Olgiati. Photographs, drawings, and fragments of building material and cladding drawn from the collections of the V&A and the Royal Institute of British Architects dating from the 18th century through the present day compliment the projects and provide context and continuity for the use of color in architecture. 

Chromazone: colour in contemporary architecture

17 November 2012 - 19 May 2013
Free Admission 
The Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

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