Straying away from stale, stereotypical institutions, the new
“Colour is very important in cooking,” says Emmannuelle Moureaux, founder of Emmanuelle Mouureaux Architecture & Design. Known for her shikiri concept ‑ literally meaning dividing and creating spaces with colour ‑ the Tokyo-based French architect and designer recently completed TBC Gakuin’s
TBC Gakuin, one of the largest groups of colleges in
Her design concept integrates 20 vibrant colours throughout the college to stimulate the five senses – sight, taste, smell, touch and hearing. As it is a cooking school, she specifically selected paints that contain no harmful organic components.
On each floor of the college, a thematic colour is used in five tones – yellows for the classrooms and offices on the second floor, pinks for the cake and bread-making labs on the third floor, greens for the fourth floor cooking labs, and blues for the café on the fifth floor. Incorporating all the colours from the second to fifth floors, a lively hub for students to gather and pass through is situated on the first floor.
For the public face of the college on the first floor – the reception area ‑ Moureaux designed lobby chairs using seven square benches in yellow, orange, light pink, medium pink, green and blue. The chairs create a sequence of coloured lines that flow continuously from the reception area to the demonstration area. “Their square shape refers to the square motif of the colours used in the corridor of each floor,” she adds.
Read the full story, ‘Five senses, 20 colours’, in the September 2012 issue of Perspective magazine!