'Der Cmyk-Farbraum'
contest for art-in-architecture,
1st prize
project proposal,





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Color theory as experiential space

For the school building at the Meindlstraße in Munich, I propose to make the front entrance area into a cmyk color model.

In my proposal I wish to make the color model, which is a theoretical object, accessible to the viewer as real space. The color model entrance demonstrates to the outside world that the school is a dynamic place of learning and allows users of this multi-function building to more easily identify with it. Here, color theory is a symbol indicating the diversity of the departments inside with its bold spectrum..

We experience the outside world through our senses, where we receive the majority of this information through the sense of sight. Thereby the perception of color is of significant importance. Color theory explores the human processes of recognizing color and translates them into rules for mixing color, which is then applied to systems such as multi-color printing, photography, television, and the projection screen. In today's information age, color theory is therefore of growing importance, and is made tangible in the color model room in a physical and sensual way.


Model and systematics - between art and science

The cmyk model explains the subtractive color mixture that forms the basis for today's ubiquitous four-color printing method. Models are essential in the learning process. Through them, complicated operations can be simplified and illustrated. My complete room concept creates a sensual and perceptual experience of the schematic, exemplary and theoretical principles of color theory. The rules of color mixing and color contrasts can be explored visually here, for example, through viewing combinations of colored glass panels on colored walls, or through the testing of complementary and successive contrasts. The shades are integrated into a logical structure and an ordered system, generating a harmonious feeling.

Furthermore, color theory is a complex topic that influences many different areas: art, psychology, biology, physics and chemistry. For example, in biology class we learn that the primary colors, red, green and blue, are the three types of cones in the human eye; the stimulation of these colors are first converted in the brain into electrical signals that then create the impression of a color. In physics we learn that colors do not exist per se, but that we perceive certain energy rays at wavelengths between 400 and 700nm that appear as colored light, which then show up again in our chemistry classroom as molecular properties of surfaces.