Polychromie architecturale

The polychromie architecturale colour collections are among Le Corbusier’s masterpieces, arising from experiences, insights and convictions developed during his long, creative life.
Unique colour principles
Le Corbusier formed three principles for the physiological and psychological effects of colours on the spectator: Colour modifies space. Colour classifies objects. Colour acts physiologically upon us and reacts strongly upon our sensitivities. His polychromie architecturale is based on these principles.

Two collections: 1931 and 1959
During his career Le Corbusier created two colour collections: the first in 1931, and the second in 1959. Both comprise of a set of shades that are organized in such a way that an individual colour selection corresponding to the personality of the customer can be achieved very simply. Each consists of a set of claviers de couleurs (colour keyboards).

In his first keyboards Le Corbusier developed twelve sentiments with representative names such as space, sky, velvet, and sand. Each sentiment is a collection of 14 colours that can be mixed in accordance with the needs and designs of architects and customers. Almost 30 years later Le Corbusier created a total of 20 new sentiments, in stronger and more dynamic base tones for his 1959 collection.

Le Corbusier’s colour harmony logic is not just a tool for colour selection. It is a work of art in its own right.