Previously, we discussed the uncanny ways aluminium exterior screening can simulate the organic warmth of timber without the maintenance concerns. Other decorative finishes can be applied to aluminium batten screens, as well, enabling the architect to introduce a jolt of colour into building facades. Linear facade systems like Fintrax offer a great opportunity to use colour in non-traditional ways. While Fintrax is best for larger commercial facades, Woodform's Concept Click Batten System is perfect for smaller projects.
Here are 5 examples of varicoloured facades that demonstrate how architects can influence our sensory perception (and emotional reception) by employing the visual stimulation of colour.
1) MIRA, Munich, Germany
The shopping mall manages to execute a facade that is at once provocative and approachable with a well-curated choice by Chapman Taylor of aluminium panel colours.
2) Madeira Road Car Park, Bournemouth, UK
By BrightSpace Architects, vertical aluminium fins in analogous colours cleverly obscure the unsightly 21-metre-high concrete structure within and the 382 vehicles it can house.
3) The New Biochemistry Building, University of Oxford, UK
Hawkins\Brown won the first-ever WAN Colour in Architecture award for this project, with judge Paul Monaghan explaining: “It really is interesting, the effect that the colour has given—particularly in a historic city.”
4) Italian Sports Club of Werribee, Victoria, Australia
Baldasso Cortese, the architects, perfectly understood how an exterior colour palette—in this case, one that conveys “sunny,” “friendly,” and “fun”—can subliminally articulate pleasant activities inside a building.
5) Academie MWD, Dilbeek, Belgium
The school of music, theatre, and dance designed by Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos intermingles vibrant colours with a monochromatic base and angular geometry to assemble an almost artwork-like effect.