Reinventing the city skyline

Many prominent skylines are largely monochromatic, with little use of vibrant colors. 

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February 07, 2017 |
Jeff Alexander

Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Photo courtesy Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects 

When you visualize famous city skylines, what distinguishable features create the most impact? In some cases the backdrop of natural features, such as mountains or a body of water, creates a contrast with the man-made elements of a city. In other cities it is the contour of the skyline that inspires awe.

Many prominent skylines are largely monochromatic, with little use of vibrant colors. This architectural norm is slowly changing, however, as architects experiment with color for both entire exteriors and accents. Color is increasingly a tool that sets projects apart, helping to manifest a larger design vision.

Advances in coating technology have made this shift possible. Historically, designers had only a limited pool of colors to choose from, with very few radiant colors. Advances have changed this, and the sky is truly the limit now with Fluropon Effects, which offers an endless selection of colors and textures to choose from.

Color is experiencing an artistic renaissance in our culture, and this is spreading to architecture and the built environment. This allows designers to unleash their creativity and build durable projects that inspire.

 

Jeff Alexander | Get Inspired: Color and Coatings

Jeff Alexander, Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings VP of Sales for the Coil and Extrusion division has been with Sherwin-Williams (formerly Valspar) since 1997. He has an entrepreneur spirit and has thrived in building relationships with our customers. Jeff has fully immersed himself in all levels of the coating industry and enjoyed his term as National President at NCCA (National Coil Coating Association).  He is focused on continuing to educate customers on the paint industry.

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