Le Corbusier Journal

Worth a read, on topics like architecture, design and art. Find recent contributions to Le Corbusier, his buildings as well as colour design and highlights of the official Les Couleurs® Le Corbusier manufacturers.

Colour Philosophy in Architecture and Design – Grey (Grey Notes on a keyboard) - Part II

Continuing the trilogy on Le Corbusier’s greys, we explore how his 7 greys feature in his keyboards. We look closer into how greys are incorporated into his atmospheres, and talk about how to use the keyboards. Read our latest article for the whole story.

Colour Philosophy in Architecture and Design – Grey (A Dorian story) - Part I

Grey is one of the world’s most popular neutrals. We interpret the characteristics of grey using colour philosophy tools. Le Cobusier incorporated 7 grey hues within his Architectural Polychromy, acknowledging their association to nature, and demonstrated how unexpected colour combinations balance each other, like a well-composed piece of music. Read our latest article for the whole story.

Seasonal Colours – Autumn

How seasonal colours align people. Changing seasons brings variation in many forms and each season aligns itself with a definitive palette. Le Corbusier repeatedly referenced nature throughout his works and here we examine how we align ourselves with the seasons – we explore the autumn palette and immerse ourselves in all things cosy. Read our latest article for the whole story.

How light affects colour (pigments and refraction in Les Couleurs)

We examine the powerful and complex relationship between light and colour. How colour varies throughout the differing nuances of natural light and different sources and the direction of light. Le Corbusier repeatedly acknowledged the significance of light in his creations and understood how the complicit relationship between light and colour pirouetted throughout all forms of life. Read our latest article for the whole story.

How to deal with different textures in a colour concept

Getting the balance right when mixing texture with colour. How design intermingles with sensory experiences and vice versa and that mixing textures adds layers of intrigue. Le Corbusier recognised the versatility of concrete early on. Read our latest article for the whole story.

Colour Philosophy in Architecture and Design – Part III (Green sets the scene)

Colour philosophy and the green. We explore how green is incorporated into Scenery and Sand I atmospheres. Le Corbusier carefully selected 9 shades of green for his green group. Read our latest article for the whole story.

Colour Philosophy in Architecture and Design – Part II (Take a walk on the green side) …

Colour Philosophy and the lightness and darkness of colours. Green in branding, and global positive and negative connotations of green. Le Cobusier’s clever use of green at Villa Savoye. Read our latest article for the whole story.

Colour Philosophy in Architecture and Design–Part I (A Green Tale)

Colour philosophy is a science – a collection of unwritten rules and guidelines which architects and designers utilise in their practice. The mystery of colour requires elaboration. Le Cobusier was a master of colour and visionary vis-à-vis biophilia. Read our latest article for the whole story.

Les Couleurs® Le Corbusier - rooted in nature – here’s how they bring the outside in

The 63 colours of Le Corbusier’s Architectural Polychromy are systematically selected from colours rooted in nature, therefore allowing for harmonious combinations and the creation of happy and comfortable interiors. KeyWords: Le Corbusier, Architecture, Architectural Polychromy, Polychromie Architecturale, Les Couleurs Le Corbusier, nature, colour keyboards, 1931 collection Design, Architectural colours, Le Corbusier colour, paint, Architectural Polychromy toolkit, colour atmospheres, modernist, Villa Savoye, UNESCO World Heritage, Chapelle Notre-Dame du Haut, Villa le Lac, 1931 collection, 1959 collection SoMe: In a global pandemic, where detachment from the outside world and nature is imminent, how do we reconnect with nature in the buildings in which we reside as the new norm? How do we bring the ‘outside in’ for our own health and well-being? The 63 colours of Le Corbusier’s Architectural Polychromy are systematically selected from colours rooted in nature, therefore allowing for harmonious combinations and the creation of happy and comfortable interiors.

How to use Le Corbusier’s colour keyboards for perfect colour concepts, every time

The perfect colour palette means combining subjectivity with a logical system. This is exactly what Le Corbusier‘s #polychromiearchitecturale allows, primarily through the use of colour keyboards. Read our latest article for more