|M.Sc Student||Ludmir Bernie|
|Subject||The Use of Color for Realizing Design Intentions|
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisor||Ms. Rachel Sebba|
The technological development of color building materials and the scientific research into color perception demand the elaboration of a theoretical basis for use of color in architecture.
There is a1most no guidance for the use of color during the design process. However color plays a central role in the perception of building or urban scale; it can catch the attention, supply information, and make a better or worse living environment.
This thesis compares the conclusions of a previous study about the color of housing in Lima. Peru ( South America) with basic theories of color. Based on this comparison' it proposes a method which includes color in the design process.
The aim of this work is to create an experimental method for the use of color in architecture which would translate the design intentions of the architect into color design principles.
For the development of the method, well known examples of international architecture were analyzed. Each example's design concept was abstracted and simplified into geometrical space models for the application of color principles.
The implementation of color in these models depends on the variables acting on color perception in three different situations: an urban scale, a building scale and an interior space scale. The three dimensional representation of the models and their color solutions were created using “modelshop” and “studio 8” on a Macintosh computer.
Finally, the thesis proposes a method of including color in the design process as an active variable like form and space, by the use of theoretical 3D models based on the architect’s intentions.