Colour is Communication

Selected Projects for Foster+Partners 1996 > 2006

  • Authors
  • Per Arnoldi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-6
  2. Introduction

    1. Norman Foster
      Pages 7-10
  3. Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue

    1. Per Arnoldi
      Pages 11-17
  4. Commerzbank Frankfurt, 1997

  5. Aspire London, 1998

    1. Pages 36-43
  6. Reichstag Berlin, 1999

  7. World Port Center Rotterdam, 2001

  8. Imperial College London, 2001–2004

  9. Exhibitions

  10. Graphic Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 212-213
    2. Pages 218-219
    3. Pages 222-223
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 224-224

About this book


For more than ten years, the celebrated artist Per Arnoldi of Copenhagen has been working together with the world famous London architect Norman Foster. Arnoldi’s contributions range from posters of Foster’s buildings to targeted chromatic interventions in interior spaces to the complex total "chromatic concept” for a massive new structure. His color choices serve to create atmosphere and also guide the user clearly through the space. This book provides systematic and detailed documentation of this entire collaborative spectrum. Projects include: the Commerzbank in Frankfurt, the Reichstag in Berlin, the Imperial College in London, HM Treasury in London, the National Police Monument in London, the Arag Tower in Düsseldorf, the World Port Center in Rotterdam, and Decaux’s headquarters in London. The photographs were taken specially for this book to capture the specific qualities of the interplay between space and color.


Bauten Farbintervention Foster+Partners Foster, Norman Kunst am Bau Norman Foster Per Arnoldi architects art building color communication projects

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Birkhäuser Basel 2007
  • Publisher Name Birkhäuser Basel
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7643-7503-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-7643-8202-5
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