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Park Plaza Hotel coloured glass facade, Westminster Bridge, London

Park Plaza Hotel coloured glass facade, Westminster Bridge London

Westminster Park Plaza Hotel is another colourful addition to the urban fabric of London. Built 2010, Architect: BUJ architects.

Oxford University Biochemistry Building at dusk, Oxford, UK. Architects: Hawkins Brown, Built 2008

Coloured glass fins of Oxford University Biochemistry Building in evening light

Abstract detail of the Coloured glass fins of Oxford University Biochemistry Building

Coloured glass fins set against the sky

Fire in the Evening, Paul Klee, Oil on board, 1929

Coloured glass fins of the New Oxford University Biochemistry Building, by Hawkins Brown frame views in and out of the building, creating complex and subtle patterns of colour as the light changes. According to the architects the fins reflect the rich red, terracotta, orange, brown and purple of the nearby buildings though to me they have a refreshingly assertive identity of their own.

The final combination and rhythm of colours was influenced by the Bauhaus artist Paul Klee’s theories as can be seen by looking at his works such as “Fire in the Evening” (above). This sophisticated use of colour in architecture won the building the WAN Colour in Architecture award in 2011. For another stunning use of coloured glass in architecture see my photographs of “My Rainbow Horizon” in Denmark

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London old and new. At left: St Stephen Walbrook Church built 1672-9 by architect Sir Christopher Wren. At right: Walbrook Office Building, built 2010. Architect: Foster and Partners. Engineer: Arup

Evening sun catches the solar cladding of the Walbrook Office Building.

Detail of lustrous reflections on the Fiber-Reinforced Polymer solar cladding of the Walbrook Office Building, London. Built 2010. Architect: Foster and Partners. Engineer: Arup

The Walbrook is an office building designed by Foster and Partners & Arup which is clad with a unique form of solar shading, helping to improving the buildings energy efficiency. This cladding is made entirely from Fiber-Reinforced Polymer – a material which has not been used to this extent on buildings before – which gives it a high sheen, similar to that of a car. FRP is commonly used in the aerospace, automotive and marine industries due to its strength and lightness.

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Coloured terracotta facade detail of Central St Giles. Architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop with Fletcher Priest. London, 2010.

Central Saint Giles is a mixed-use development in central London. Built at a cost of £450 million and completed in May 2010, it was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano and is his first work in the UK. Bright green, red, yellow, orange, and two shades of grey terracotta ceramic make up the façade cladding. For more technical info on the cladding see here.

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Detail of coloured tiles and window of St. Stephens Cathedral (Stephansdom), Vienna, Austria

Coloured tiles of St. Stephens Cathedral contrasting with surrounding buildings, Vienna, Austria.

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Photography  © Quintin Lake, 2011

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