Natural Color at the Barcelona Pavilion
For a specific example of an architectural work that applies color through the use of natural material, here’s a look at Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion. The modernist icon is surprisingly rich in color and texture despite the minimalism of its composition…
The color here is credited to the use of natural stone on exterior walls, floors, and even interior partitions. Exotic pattern and color is imbued in the pavilion with veneers of tinos verde antico marble and golden onyx. Color is reflected back again through polished surfaces and chrome-clad columns. Large planes of glass have a green tinge per the material’s natural tendency, and a reflecting pool borrows blue from the sky above. Full-height red curtains boldly accent the natural materials.
Read a little more on Mies and the Barcelona Pavilion in the Retrospect column’s Quick History: The Bauhaus & Its Influence.