On color in architecture


“Well, I can't say that I'm interested in a particular palette. For me, color is one of the most complex things in the world because it's always so different in different lights, different quantities at different times of the day, and when juxtaposed against other colors the actuality and the appearance are two different things. Maybe I've been very tentative about color because I tend to think that monochromatic schemes are the best. It has also has to do with the fact that people change things. Maybe if you're tentative about the coloring then that's an invitation for them to change, I don't know. One of the aspects of color that fascinates me is the reflected light from the color. I have worked with concrete, at least earlier, a great deal and I would often make a very warm-toned carpeting. The reflected light changed the concrete and bathed it in a warm light. I find much architecture very offensive in terms of its color, as a matter of fact.”

Interview with Robert Bruegmann, 1986