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  • Precarious Color

    Austin ANDERSON, Connor COVEY, Anhuar FARAH, & Namku KIM, "Precarious Color" Photo.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    SCI-Arc
    critics: Matthew AU & Andrew ZAGO.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Austin ANDERSON, Connor COVEY, Anhuar FARAH, & Namku KIM: The form of color or the color of form?

    This study is part of a series of ongoing experiments using color in architecture.


    Color in architecture has always been secondary to form. In classic Modernist examples—from Barragán to Le Corbusier to Rietveld—color is applied to highlight and accentuate form. While a number of architectural questions are on display, the driver of this project is first and foremost the color.

    The palette was developed out of a series of exhaustive efforts of identifying ‘worlds of color’ both ubiquitous and obscure. Color surrounds us every day, particularly in the form of consumable products, the vast majority of which are not “designed.” The ebb and flow of color in our daily lives has more to do with commercial partnerships and promotions than we recognize. There’s as much color in a scratch-off lotto ticket as there is in this season’s Nike campaign. After scrounging through bodegas, dollar stores, and tattoo parlors in search of contemporary color palettes not so cognizant of the Pantone Colors of the Year we developed a bright and bold palette boiled down from our diverse sources.

    This palette was broken down into perforated façade screens that were then layered in such a manner as to create false depth. The custom perforation allows for optical perception of crumples and folds that do not exist in the flat screens that wrap the awkwardly postured box. The bright warm colors applied to the screens create imagery and depth that stands apart from the bluer and more formally rigid box and podium.

    The color acts on its own accord, it is not here to enhance the playfulness of the form it adorns, but to bring into focus its own merits and dynamism if treated not as decoration but as a hearty tectonic component of form.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    AA, CC, AF, & NK: Tattoos; lottery scratch cards; natal scene figurines; health products; Purism; color theory; “Transparency: Literal and Phenomenal”; Josef Albers; Andrew Zago; clumsy figures; and pointillism.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    AA, CC, AF, & NK: Watching Chappelle’s Show and Arrested Development.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    AA, CC, AF, & NK: Herzog & de Meuron.

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