Turning a Building Into a Giant Psychedelic Rainbow Is the Best Renovation

Illustration for article titled Turning a Building Into a Giant Psychedelic Rainbow Is the Best Renovation

The 70s produced a lot of really, really ugly architecture. Grey, concrete duds. It'd be too much trouble to demolish the mistakes, so why not take this Chilean architect's approach, and blanket gross design with eye-popping rainbow panels? Really eye-popping.

Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Turning a Building Into a Giant Psychedelic Rainbow Is the Best Renovation




The building's new clothes are also highly functional—the rainbow wrapping doubles as a filter to keep the interior cool (in addition to looking incredibly cool, of course). Great architecture usually doesn't involve plastering wacky colors all over a building, but in this case, it was just what it took to transform something entirely unremarkable into something impossible to ignore. [Nikiohmae]

DISCUSSION

johncrane
John Crane

It's too bad, but commercial buildings like this are never known for great architecture, no matter what the decade.

Look at what's being slapped up now. The sameness.

I guess that's assuming that there IS new construction going in your city, given the current economics.

Someday, we'll look back at the architecture of this period and notice how tired and dated most of it seems.