Paulien Caspers
Other, architect, landscape architect

It was really a study; the maquette is only a small part of it. The study was about the relationship between space and colour. Spaces and buildings are usually designed in terms of walls and surfaces, sometimes directly in a material, but scarcely ever in a colour. That is added later, as an extra layer, as an accent or embellishment. I wanted to use colour much earlier in the design, because I think it changes a space completely. I wanted to examine how.

The effect of colours in itself is highly personal. Everyone experiences it differently. I experience blue, for example, as free, wide, heavenly and it makes the surface to which it has been applied incorporeal. Another exercise is to combine colours. In this case, the colours were blue and yellow. I experimented with this too. For example:

1. The colour ultramarine can look very different when diluted.
2. Yellow and blue together can produce a strong contrast, then the space falls apart, and that’s not the intention.
3. The blue must therefore not be too dark and both colours must take on something of each other: in this case, ochre and white have been mixed in with the blue. There is blue and red in the yellow.