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KEIM poLyChro® – Le Corbusier

“The practical

“The practical difficulty is to show colours in such a way that the individual can detect his own ’affinity’. And that is why the colour keyboards have been invented ... In my opinion, they offer a method of approach which is accurate and effective, one which makes it possible to plan, in the modern home, colour harmonies which are definitely architectural and yet suited to the natural taste and needs of the individual.“ Le Corbusier Le Corbusier Semi-detached house Weißenhof estate (Weißenhofsiedlung) Stuttgart ©FLC/ADAGP

Polychromie architecturale Le Corbusier`s colour keyboards The tool for convincing colour design Le Corbusier doubtlessly was one of the most important and influential architects of the 20th century. He attached crucial significance to the colour scheme of a building: “Colour in architecture a means as powerful as the ground plan and section. Or better: polychromy, a component of the ground plan and the section itself.“ From his profound understanding of being an artist, Le Corbusier developed the first colour range consisting of 43 architectural colours in twelve sentiments with picturesque names such as space, sky, velvet, and sand, in 1931. In 1959, he added another 20 deep, dynamic shades: bright colourful nuances, strong earthy colours and deep black. Le Corbusier`s choice of colours was subjective he selected colours from nature, with a historic, artistic and associative background. This is probably exactly why both collections stand out as being uniquely aesthetic as beautiful, strong and modern as ever even decades later. All shades of the colour keyboards can be harmoniously combined. “Polychromie architecturale“ is a practical tool and a work of art at the same time.