The key word dominating the entire installation is color. During a press preview conference, Libeskind claimed that color is an essential, inalienable part of people’s lives and a key aspect of sustainable design, as it is the basis of our sensational sphere, well-being and comfort. Color, in a way, is the soul of architecture. So why shall we dismiss it and make everything too white, bland and tasteless? To state his ‘color attitude’, Libeskind decided to go back to the beginning of his career: to the provocative complexity expressed in his now famous series of drawings entitled Chamber Works.
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At the beginning of his architectural practice in the 1980’s, Libeskind’s Chamber Works were a pure expression of his design philosophy. Taking a cue from his own graphic works, he collaborated with Italian firm Oikos to fill the entire Farmacia court at the University of Milan with this stunning geometrical pattern made of metal panels. The overall image of the installation appears as a vivid and suggestive explosion of irregular geometry and red color. The new pigment developed by Oikos is now a part of the company’s color palette that bears the name of the architect. We look forward to seeing more works flavored with the new “Libeskind’s Red”!
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