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Colourful article took me right back to Peru

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I have two confessions to make.

First, I have only this week opened the Architects' Journal of 11.10.01; this might suggest that the front cover was less than stimulating or alternatively that I am bored (in fact both apply).

Second, a far greater admission, is that shamefully for one whose ramblings into law and project management have never managed to submerge a solid QS background, I discovered architecture that caught my imagination. I refer to the article entitled 'Colour Vision'.

Tucked away between pages 34 and 43 are usages of colour that transform simple interiors and exteriors into eye-catching and satisfying images. Colours that I most recently saw, with similar emotional arousal, in Peru, dressing a former monastery now converted into a hotel.

The bright, vivid colours transformed a simple complex, just as did Rietveld, Brinkman and Van der Vlugt, Sauerbruch Hutton and Gigon Guyer with their examples in the article.

Disgraceful, of course, for a QS to appreciate the work of architects without even the slightest thought of 'cost' but, after all, paint is cheap.

John B Wilding, Manchester

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