Modernist 1930s villa

Le Corbusier meets 2018

In this project we have worked on an original 1930s functionalist villa, many of which have undergone a modernisation process where they were painted white or turquoise. The owners wanted to get outside this comfort zone and see what effect one could get by using colour. The palette is built around the existing elements, which must be retained: blue-green tiles, black cupboard units in the kitchen, dark brown floors, a work of art in the living room and black window frames.


The colours in the palette are taken from Le Corbusier’s Architectural Polychromy (1931 and 1959), but in a more modern setting. Three shades of terracotta, from pale nude to deep terracotta, are common throughout the house: on the first floor on some walls, and on the ceilings on both floors.


A collection of shades of green, blue and terracotta

The clear, cool shade of green on one living room wall has been chosen specifically to accentuate the artwork, but also serves as a contrast to the pale terracotta hues on the remaining walls and ceilings. The fireplace went from being white to a deep shade of terracotta, which is harmonious with the walls and ceilings in lighter shades of the same colour while contrasting with the green wall.


In the stairwell a pale shade of terracotta is chosen for the staircase, while the handrails are black. The room itself is done in blue; strong and very saturated. The hallway has a lighter shade of the same colour, where the terracotta-coloured ceiling continues.


Architectural highlights

The task of the colour palette is to create a personalised home, to highlight architectural details and create interesting meeting points for the colours.


Photographer: Birgit Fauske

Customer Johanne Tagboel
Year 2017