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Attractant color with Le Corbusier's “Polychromie architecturale” à la Keim for a design hotel

(May 26, 2015) Without a weakness for well-tended morbidity, one could easily overlook the potential and the unique atmosphere of the formerly glamorous spa town of Bad Gastein. And without a weakness for unadorned, functional 1960s architecture, you could also be disappointed with the Gastein Hotel Miramonte - but only at first glance (see Google Maps). Because as soon as you step through the originally preserved entrance door, you will be greeted by bewitching colors, a skilful mix of styles and hip retro chic.

Mix of styles with color

When Evelyn and Ike Ikrath, the hotel manager and passionate hostess, the architect, acquired the Miramonte in 2008, they deliberately wanted to retain its brittle 60s charm: The floors were refurbished, wooden fixtures restored, armchairs upholstered and reupholstered. In addition, there were design classics that make every architect's heart beat faster and individual pieces that were specially designed for the hotel. It is this mix of old and new and the generous use of color that gives the house its unmistakable character.

all photos: KEIMFARBEN GmbH

"The Miramonte is a hotel for free spirits with an interest in design, art and architecture and it is' work in progress‘ ", explains Ike Ikrath. “We are constantly discovering new aspects and love change. Color plays a very important role in this. "

Le Corbusier's color keyboards

The current project is the artistic development of the house with the “Polychromie architecturale” by Le Corbusier and the interior colors “poLyChro®-interior made by KEIM - see also the Baulinks article“ Le Corbusier colors manufactured by KEIM ”from December 17, 2014.

As a reminder: Le Corbusier used color as a central element of his buildings: “In architecture, color is just as powerful a medium as floor plan and section. Or better: the polychromy, part of the floor plan and the section itself. ”With“ Polychromie architecturale ”, Le Corbusier developed an architecture-related and timeless color palette. It comprises a total of 63 colors in two series: the first, consisting of 43 colors in twelve moods and with such poetic names as space, sky, velvet and sand. In 1959 he added 20 deep, dynamic color tones: luminous color nuances, earthy, powerful color values ​​and rich black.

Artistic color concept

The poetry and artistic self-image of the Le Corbusier colors are reflected in the redesigned rooms of the Hotel Miramonte. This is also thanks to the color designer and color artist Ernst Muthwill from Hallein, who was commissioned with the color concept. He has accompanied Evelyn and Ike Ikrath's projects for many years, since they both became aware of Muthwill's fascinating approach to color through an article in the Salzburger Nachrichten.

“The color is already there anyway, because everyone has a very intuitive and correct feeling for the colors that suit them and are good for them,” Muthwill is convinced. "I'm actually just helping to bring this knowledge to light."

What sounds so simple is great art, which, in addition to an extraordinary sense of color, requires a high level of sensitivity and empathy, and the ability to get involved in a process whose result is open.

A small team of color enthusiasts - Ernst Muthwill, Evelyn and Ike Ikrath as well as the new hotel manager Georg Gassauer - gathered at the on-site meeting in Miramonte to go through the house together about colors. For Muthwill, the process of finding colors together is the prerequisite for a successful design: “It's about making the potential of the rooms and the lifestyle of the users visible. It is important to me that a color design fits everyone, because only then is it authentic and only then can rooms be transformed into living spaces. "

Fascinating color compositions

Using the poLyChro® color card, Muthwill chose delicate, intense and sometimes daring color compositions because, like Le Corbusier, he is convinced that all the colors of the polychromy can be harmoniously combined with one another. The design was further developed or changed through suggestions and objections from the color team, until everyone involved agreed to all of the suggested colors. The result is impressive:

  • The blue tones in the entrance bleu outremer foncé, bleu outremer 59 and céruléen vif are extremely inviting.
  • The dining room attracts with warm orange orange vif and pink rose vif, refreshed and stabilized with delicate or bright shades of blue céruléen pâle, céruléen moyen and bleu outremer 59.
  • In the bar, there is a triad of red rouge vermillon 31, ocher ocre jaune claire and pink rose pâle, which appears all the more atmospheric the darker it gets.
  • Warm gray ombre naturelle 59 grounds the composition of delicate pink, bright red and strong yellow-green of the coworking space and leads over to the fresh blue-gray of the yoga room.

The way through the house leads through fascinating worlds of color that give each room its very own atmosphere.

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