Colorful Architecture

Interacting with the environment on which they sit and with those who inhabit them, these environmentally and mentally conscious homes and schools are indeed colorful. The architecture featured today was found at designboom and Inhabitat.

Kindergarten Taka-Tuka-Land

Die Baupiloten Taka-Tuka-Land

One such project is the kindergarten taka-tuka-land, located in berlin, germany. the architecture draws from children’s book ‘pippi longstocking’ by astrid lindgren, and her ‘taka-tuka-land’. The original temporary structure of the school has been turned into an everlasting space that grows and flows. There are seven main points of contact that children can interact with and play. for example, there are three large-scale windows which with the midday sun, turns the interior room into a glittering environment due to crystals which have been mounted on the windows.

Yellow is the dominant color. The architectural highpoint is the fictional ‘lemonade-island’ where the children can stand taller than grown-ups. Oblique surfaces invite every child to play and be encompassed by the streams of yellow. The building itself is to be interpreted as pippi’s old oak tree in which the hollow interior of ‘lemonade’ is produced. In the exterior, children can climb, nap and hide and the façade is well-cushioned and offers protection from all weather conditions. The luminous textiles shine colorfully both on the outside and inside. In this structure, children can lose themselves in play and imagination within the vibrant world. – designboom

Carl Bolle Elementary School

Die Baupiloten Carl_Bolle_El

Hidden corners, built-in hiding spaces, the notion of mysteries and spies were the guiding principles for the carl bolle elementary school designed by die baupiloten. it looks as if the school has been reconstructed to look like scene out of children’s spy story – communication, movement and research facilities have been developed to give children areas in which to retreat, climb walls, perch on observation posts. different imaginary worlds such as ‘the summer labyrinth’, ‘climbing the forest’, ‘the secret garden leisure’ and ‘snow world’ are included to provide guidance on how to use the building’s components, encouraging imagination and interaction amongst kids. – designboom

Columbia City Green

Case Architects | Portfolio Columbia_City_Green

This brightly-colored home, designed by Seattle-based Case Architects, features vibrant green CertainTeed Fiber Cement for exterior siding, and other eco-friendly things such as a green roof balcony, rainwater collection, and radiant heat flooring. – inhabitat

Demolition House

Estudio a77 Demolition_House

Argentinean architects Gustavo Dieguez and Lucas Gilardi of Estudio a77 transformed an existing 1950s house on a small lot in an upscale neighborhood of Buenos Aires into an innovative eco-friendly dwelling. Constructed from recycled and reclaimed materials, this ‘demolition house’ turns trash into a treasured abode. Using approximately 50 meters of recycled highway guard rails from the General Paz (a highway surrounding Buenos Aires) and 300 meters of discarded metal profiles, wood, iron doors and windows found in scrap yards, Dieguez and Gilardi rework demolition materials into fully functioning structural elements. – Inhabitat

Nautilus House

Javier Senosiain The_Nautilus

The Nautilus, designer Javier Senosiain’s colorful abode located in Mexico City was inspired by Frank Loyd Wright and Gaudí with the idea that buildings based on the natural principles of organic forsm bring us back to local history, tradtion and cultural roots, in turn creating harmony with nature. – Inhabitat

Author: evad
David Sommers has been loving color as COLOURlovers' Blog Editor-in-Chief for the past two years. When he's not neck deep in a rainbow he's loving other things with The Post Family (, a Chicago-based art blog, artist collective & gallery.