color in architecture

Color in Architecture

Submission: October 09, 2017
Registration: October 09, 2017
Language: English, Greek
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


AkzoNobel, the leading multinational corporation in powder coating for metal architectural components, and Archisearch.gr, invite young professionals up to the age of 40 and architecture students in the final year of their studies, to an open architecture competition:
We ask the participants to choose a specific building or a building typology in the Greek city they consider to fall within the problem stated (for instance, a polykatoikia, an office building, a school, a leisure facility etc.), and design a new façade that engages issues of sustainability and aesthetics.
The design research for the new façade will introduce a metal structure coated with color, supplemented by other coated metal elements (cladding or infill panels, doors, windows etc.). The argument should address issues of sustainability and convince that the new structure creates a suitable environment (sun protection, eco-friendly materials and coating), both for the building inhabitants as well as for the public at large.
We encourage the participants to form collaborations with architects, environmental engineers, facade engineers and artists; that way, the design research will be more comprehensive.
Furthermore, we ask the participants to prefer colors from the vast AKZO NOBEL inventory, as well as materials of the competition sponsors Alumil and Guardian Glass.
Is there a way to invent a combined attack on this double front? Energy performance upgrade through redesigning the image of the city? Can we, as scientists of the human environment, contribute to a new façade vocabulary, that will reflect the need for functional as well as aesthetically stimulating façades?
Can the architects, engineers and urban designers suggest innovative ideas for existing buildings, and improve their performance? At the same time, will they deliver an articulate architectural discourse employing new materials and colors?


Ariadni Vozani Architect, Assistant Professor at the NTUA School of Architecture
Nikos Ktenas Architect
Stavros Martinos Editor in Chief, ARCHISEARCH.gr
Per Nimer Akzonobel / Design Manager
Dimitris Potiropoulos Architect
Kostas Poulopoulos Architect / Curator
Rena Sakellaridou Architect, MArch, PhD, Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
3 Competition announcement
10-24 Q&A on the competition brief and objectives
24 Answers to the questions of the participants
9 Deadline for entries
20 Validation and confirmation of entries
3-4 Jury meeting, evaluation of entries
27-30 Commentary on the entries by members of the Jury in a public conference and presentation of print catalog. The conference venue will be announced in September.