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Theme of the week: Loud architecture & design

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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This week we are talking about loud architecture and design. The term loud describes anything that is flamboyant, confronting, vivid and full of life. In this sense, we have used it to illustrate a type and style of architecture and design which comprises of bold colours, forms and shapes. The examples we have prepared for you err more on the side of sculpture, possessing a wonderfully unique and artistic quality.

It is a common misconception that modernist design is always white with a minimal colour palette. In fact, if you refer to the incredible work of the 1980 Pritzker Prize winner, Luis Barragán who studied under Le Corbusier, was an influential character in contemporary architecture and known for his outstanding ability to transform space with intense colour.

There are some stunning examples of loud architecture on the homify platform, hence, why we decided to dedicate the theme of the week to it!


Colour is an important factor in terms of mood and ambience, and often can lift or bring a completely new dimension to a space. The example above requires little description as it encapsulates lighting design with bright colours perfectly. Emulating a sunset, you can linger long after the sun has dipped underneath the horizon line.

Staircase to heaven

As the epitome of loud design, this wonderful staircase is radiant and sultry. A design that is truly not for the faint-hearted, you can wow visitors with this artistic installation. The fire-ball like light underneath the staircase stand out boldly against the colour scheme, completely illuminating the area and casting a quasi surreal aura over the room.

Kitchen stories

There are no rules when it comes to kitchen design; however you like to dine, whether bathed in natural light, brightly lit by LEDS or, in this case, illuminated with a grape purple set of lights. What a setting—a cross between a modern dining experience and something out of the future. Whichever way you see it, it will surely be an experience for your guests.

Pied piper

A pocket of neon pink draws the user out of the white space and calls them curiously to navigate their way into the brightly coloured section. The natural light that pours around the corner casts an incredible pale pink shadow onto the white and grey marble. This is an outstanding example of the aforementioned Barragan style.

Contemporary art

 Museums by Marcela Grassi Photography
Marcela Grassi Photography

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo en Niteroi.Oscar Niemeyer

Marcela Grassi Photography

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Brazil is yet another exciting example of loud architecture. Located in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, the Niteroi museum of contemporary art is one of southern Brasil’s most famous arts based attractions and is one of the cities more well loved landmarks. The structure stands at 16 metres in height, and the main body possesses a diameter of 50 metres which, like the stamen of a flower, protrudes from the ground and is situated above a reflective pool of water.

Mellow yellow

Bathrooms do not have to be white, and this is a perfect example of that. The yellow is fun, fresh and constitutes as a fun and playful version of loud design. This goes to show that bold architecture can touch all spectrums of the home.

Green with envy

If you are a green thumb, or like to at least project that you are one, why not inject the room with a bold shade of mint green? Highlighting it in all the correct ways and balancing it softly with grey and white, the colours work together in perfect unity. And of course, don't forget to light the space cleverly to give it some fun angles!

Neon lights

 Garage/shed by Tobias Link Lichtplanung
Tobias Link Lichtplanung

Private Garage and party room

Tobias Link Lichtplanung

Just when you thought you had seen your fair share of bold and loud designs, think again. The final piece in the puzzle belongs to this lavish and flamboyant example of Garage design. Why not extend the party into a place that is usually grey, drab and filled with tools? In this case, a prize collection of cars is housed in this amazing environment.

To see more example of exciting loud architecture see ’Museum of contemporary art and Vitra design museum’.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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