Colours have had a strong presence in the history of Peruvian art, architecture and culture. According to the international colour guide the colour traditions of Peru’s indigenous people drive the country’s modern conventions. The Andes, which are the longest continental mountain range in the world, are filled with a great diversity of plant flora. The Andean people have utilized this flora for many generations. The use of plants for their medicinal properties as well as for the extraction of pigments used for dyes and paints is a lasting tradition. Employing vivid colours will strongly bond Peruvian contemporary architecture with its historical art and culture.
Colours used in buildings have become an emerging theme of discourse taking place worldwide. The Alter Tower engages with this discourse, creating a connection between Peruvian contemporary architecture and the use of colours.
In recent years colour has been widely reintroduced into a various range of architectural projects. Based on information conveyed by a group of researchers at the Polytechnic University of Valencia on colour, four main concepts can be associated with chromatic versatility. These concepts are: transformation, fragmentation, movement, and innovation. The design proposal uses the aforementioned four principals in order to create a dynamic climatic skin that passively reacts to its surrounding environment. These principles, alongside the scale, geometric configuration and colours of the building enable it to effortlessly stand out from the other buildings in the vicinity.
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