ArgumentNo. 4/2012

Color in rehabilitation. Methods of investigation and intervention. Examples of chromatic rehabilitation.

Abstract

The majority of informations concerning the environment are received through our eyes: regardless of form, color acts on the sensory level as well as mentally level of the individual.

The chromatic approach of an existing building must take into account the previous “chromatic life” of the building, as well as the chromatic compatibility with the area in which the building is located. This raises the need to define a research method able to determine the comon visual denominator of colors of the old urban buildings. The method presented in this article is developed by the French architect Jean-Philippe Lenclos, a method organized in three phases: the analysis of the natural and built environment, the comparative synthesis of the collected chromatic informations and the development of an appropriate chromatic repertoire for the analysed environment.

The three cases of chromatic rehabilitation presented here exemplify approaches of chromatic analysis and establish chromatic rehabilitation plans to ensure a coherent image of the city.

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