This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings – a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of buildings from around the world. It’s a database of historic, contemporary and conceptual architecture that exists as a website and application for iPhone (and any moment now – Android) which enable users to find, learn about and share nearby buildings of architectural merit.

Until recently, the furthest architects would habitually take colour exploration would be seen in children-oriented buildings, while “serious” and “representative” edifices would stick to the proven elegance of black & white aesthetics and thoughtful use of natural materials. The reasons for the above-mentioned phenomenon could perhaps be attributed to the modernist legacy of subtly despising decoration. However, colour and light are inseparable and both possess an impressive potential to influence mood, behaviour and perception. La Defense Offices: a 23.000 m² ode to iridescence, whose colours and brilliance depend strongly on weather and light conditions was ‘designed with the office tenants in mind’ and sets a wonderful example of how architecture – armed with understanding and appreciation of colour – can create a refreshing and surprising environment for routine activities. Hopefully, today’s pick of colour-inspired buildings will be able to light up your day too!

Jean Nouvel: Hotel Puerta America in Madrid, Spain

10 Colour Inspired Buildings to Light up Your Day

MVRDV: Didden Village in Rotterdam, Netherlands

10 Colour Inspired Buildings to Light up Your Day

UN Studio: La Defense Offices in Almere, Netherlands

10 Colour Inspired Buildings to Light up Your Day

Rojkind Arquitectos: Nestlé Application Group Building in Querétaro, Mexico

10 Colour Inspired Buildings to Light up Your Day

Rudanko + Kankkunen: Sra Pou Vocational School in Sra Pou village, Cambodia

10 Colour Inspired Buildings to Light up Your Day

Asymptote Architecture: The Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE

10 Colour Inspired Buildings to Light up Your Day

Neutelings Riedijk: Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum, The Netherlands

10 Colour Inspired Buildings to Light up Your Day

Luis Barragán: Cuadra San Cristóbal near Mexico City, Mexico 

10 Colour Inspired Buildings to Light up Your Day

D. Villanueva Arquitectos: Rioglass Solar Production Plant in Pola de Lena, Spain

10 Colour Inspired Buildings to Light up Your Day

Kengo Kuma & Associates: The Opposite House in Beijing, China

10 Colour Inspired Buildings to Light up Your Day