Color me yellow!

8 Constructive Uses of Yellow in Architecture

by Valentina Ieva
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There is a reason for which happy smileys are classically done in yellow!


In the architecture field, Le Corbusier first sketched the premises of a logically structured system for color design in the magazine l’Esprit nouveau in 1921. Le Corbusier’s texts establish connections between specific pigments and colors based on them, and their effects on architectural space and its inhabitant. The spatial effects of color were termed physiological effects, emotional and associative effects were termed psychological effects.


The architect needed to know that these colors could also affect space dramatically. “Blue creates space. The architect will take this into account. Red fixes the presence of the wall, and so on.”


Psychologically, yellow is often characterized as making people happy or invigorated and it can underline such notions for inhabitants when used in a building. The effect this color choice has on a wide range of occupants illustrates striking similarities and contrasts. Yellow when used judiciously, can add a burst of joy to anything, and has a powerful presence wherever its used, and its implications should be considered carefully.


The projects below all feature noteworthy applications of yellow in their composition. Pastel yellow gives the impression of sunny, friendly, soft. 

Multicultural Centre in Isbergues by Dominique Coulon & associés


Archiproducts Milano by ArchiproductsEnzo Maiorano

Tellus Nursery school by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

 Grand Trunk Revival by MARK+VIVI

Highschool Extension by Ateliers O-S architectes

Flur20 by INNOCAD Architektur

Apos2 by Apostrophy's



Did you know that yellow resonates with the left side of the brain, which is the side of logic? What does yellow say to you?

  • Valentina Ieva

    Valentina Ieva


    Bari / Italy

    Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al)

Library and Theater 56

Library and Theater

Nord-Pas-de-Calais / France / 2013

Archiproducts Milano 2016 91

Archiproducts Milano 2016

Milan / Italy / 2016

Tellus Nursery school 30

Tellus Nursery school

Stockholm / Sweden / 2010

Grand Trunk Revival 19

Grand Trunk Revival

Montreal / Canada / 2015

Highschool Extension 25

Highschool Extension

Île-de-France / France / 2014

Flur20 8


Graz / Austria / 2012

Apos2 65


Bangkok / Thailand / 2014

Ecobar 95


Ragusa / Italy / 2015