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Thinking Color in Space

Positions, Projects, Potentials

On color and its spatial effect

The interaction between color and architecture determines our perception of space, and defines the tectonic relationships. The fascinating spatial potential of color, and the multi-layered dimensions of interpretation in the experience of color are design and communication means which, however, are often not fully used – color oscillates between autonomy and functional purpose, and should be understood as a distinct "material" that can be used as part of the design.

The book focuses both on the tangible aspects and design criteria of color, and on its indeterminate nature and its experience value. Using examples in art and architecture, the spatial interdependency of color is illustrated, as is its interaction with structure, light, and geometry.

  • Application principles and the potential of color for surfaces and spaces
  • The expressive ability of color, creation of space, and interactive mechanisms
  • Compositional use of color – color and space phenomena

Author Information

Prof. Kerstin Schultz and Hedwig Wiedemann-Tokarz, Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences; Eva Maria Herrmann, architect, Munich


"[...] you will invaluably discover is how to refine and deepen your architectural thinking coloristically."
Norman Weinstein in: Architectural Record (08.05.2019), https://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/14034-thinking-color-in-space-positions-projects-potentials?v=preview

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