DULUX COLOUR AWARD 2014 Finalist
The Osklen’s headquarters is located in Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil and one of the largest in the world. The brief for the project was to inject a truly Brazilian flavour for the five-story modernist building, and provide a dynamic and stimulating workspace for the employees, which presents a pleasant counterpoint to the greyish and harsh landscape of the city. Inspired by the Brazilian rainforests, the colour palette──vibrant hues of green and blue, punctuated by rich shades of purple──contrasts against urban materials, such as burnt cement, exposed concrete and wood, creating an eclectic combination of rich tropical shades with urban patterns and textures.
The facade features a gradient of colourful panels arranged from acid greens to deep purples. They provide protection from the sun while creating a warm and organic structure on the urban landscape. The bright gradient continues in the interior, creating an almost seamless feel between the inside and outside. The central atrium, enveloped by the multicoloured balustrades, is the cheerful heart of the building. It receives a generous amount of natural light, which reflects the rainbow-hued layers, creating a tinted luminosity at the space. Not only does this simple colourful feature achieve high visual impact but also it works as an efficient wayfinding