In the case of Colorium, probably the best-known building in Düsseldorf's Medienhafen ("Media Harbor"), the name says it all: the building's exceptional aluminum ribbon window facade, consisting of over 2,200 panels of glass, was screen-printed with 17 different geometric patterns of single or up to four colors. The top floor juts out well over the harbor basin and particularly catches the eye with its signal-red coloring and night-time illumination.
The positively idyllic-seeming First World Hotel in Genting, Malaysia, radiates joie-de-vivre, fun and – not least – rest and recuperation from humdrum routine from every inch of its luminous bright facade. It is hardly surprising, then, that the almost five-hectare First World Plaza in and around the hotel complex has a comprehensive range of entertainments on offer, including an amusement park, casino, theater stage and further attractions.
The shimmering copper-colored facade of Mercury City in Moscow, on the other hand, might not be able to compete with the fascinating play of colors at the First World Hotel, but, with its imposing and noble visual appearance, succeeds in demonstrating that a brilliant show is perfectly possible with just the one color. The skyscraper, which measures just under 339 meters, stands out on the skyline of the Russian capital and also impresses through its environmental friendliness and sustainability.
Colorful buildings do not just provide a welcome change from uniform-appearance blocks: bright colors also have a positive effect on the mood and on the memory and reaction times of those looking at them, as researchers at the University of Essex in England have recently discovered. Particularly during the cold time of year, when the weather is often gray, radiant colors in a vibrant cityscape can indeed help to drive away the winter blues.