Monday, March 24, 2008

Primary & Pastel

I'm currently working intensely on a brand new Children's Hospital. When one imagines a color palette for children, one inevitably focuses on the very basics of the color wheel; when imagining a palette for a hospital, colors tend toward muted, pasty pastels. Presumably, primary colors are identified with children because they are bright and simple and pastels work well in hospitals because they're non-offensive - though I would argue that I've experienced a few nausea-inducing shades.

So when it is time to introduce color into this Children's Hospital where does one look for inspiration? The architectural firm Sauerbruch & Hutton have nailed it. Somehow balancing on the edge of playful yet sophisticated, colorful but not loud their work is a shining example of what color can do in the hands of the right people.

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