The first place entry, selected for the 2014 Colour in Architecture Award was the Secondary School in the Bavarian town of Ergolding, Germany submitted by Behnisch Architekten.
An esteemed panel included (in alphabetical order): Benjamin Ball Founder of Ball-Nogues Studio in LA, Alvin Huang Founder and Design Principal at Synthesis Design and Architecture also in LA, USA, Kevin Lloyd Board Director at John McAslan + Partners in the UK and Sadie Morgan, Founding Director of dRMM also in the UK.
The winning entry was to be selected from the shortlist of six fantastic projects, each with a different approach to using colour in architecture; some using applied colour, some creating colours with light and some with found materials. But for the jurors, there was one stand-out winner.
The Secondary School is designed to accommodate 800 learners, with classrooms set up with flexibility and versatility in mind. Different working methods, both noise-intensive collaborative group work and concentrated, individual desk work, are both fulfilled by decentralized ‘learning stations’ where alternative, interactive educational situations can develop. A large central atrium was built as an internal meeting point, and a visual connection between the schools’ various departments and functions, applied with the schools interior colour palette that made this project stand out from the crowd.
When asked what made this project so effective in this category, Sadie and Kevin both stated that:
“It’s completely and utterly in the essence of this building, colour is used in such a bold and subtle way at the same time. You’ve got these incredible spaces that are unashamedly blue or yellow or orange, they work really well together throughout. In terms of the planes of colour they are also really clever, and they have really thought it through…you’ve got vertical and horizontal use of colour, it compositionally works really well. Here there are three colours – a very simple palette, but the way they have used it to enhance and lift the space is incredibly clever. And the brilliance from looking in from the outside is great. It feels like it’s really well thought through, it’s not a bolt on – its an applied colour but its been applied from conception. They all have their own charm. In terms of the different types of colour use, it’s a great mix. From use of light, to found materials, to applied colour, but for us this is definitely the stand-out scheme”
Also commended for its staircase and unashamed use of applied colour, but unfortunately did not make the final shortlist selection was the City of Santa Monica Public Parking Structure #6, designed by the winners of this competition Behnisch Architekten.