“Some of my coloured buildings feel utopian as well. In reality the colours would probably become just as dull as the white, but in my opinion they are a way of making the cityscape more interesting.”
Berlin based student and photographer Paul Eis has had a life long interest in architecture, but when he found himself photographing the contemporary architecture of his home town he was quickly left bored and uninspired, particularly by the lack of colour. His solution was to transform these building by adding some colour himself. Focusing predominantly on the housing estates of East and West Berlin, he uses colour to highlight the minimalist shapes of these buildings. The colour helps bring out the architectural details that one so easily forgets when walking past these drab buildings.
Isolating buildings from their environment, the uniform blue skies allows the viewer to focus on the architecture and their features. Eis himself says “Cutting the building out of its environment makes it appear more monumental”. When colouring in the buildings, he usually starts with characteristic elements such as balconies or windows, or important architectural features. From there his colour pallet aims to bring out these features by either complementing or contrasting them with the existing colours of the building and the blue sky. Setting apart these individual aspects give the buildings a new sense of depth. The overall effect helps highlight the individual merits of these buildings, and set them apart from each other as unique and interesting structures. Eis intends to go on to study architecture and possibly have a personal impact on the cityscape of his home town. What his instagram shows is how these cityscapes of monotonous greys and whites can be transformed by hints of colour.
“My project is not meant to be a critique on modern architecture, but maybe instead on the rise of boring housing estates. Because of the housing market in Berlin, it is hard to understand why companies take so little care in creating good architecture. Maybe it is the mentality of the buyers or just a lack of interest in architecture. I do not know. But it hurts me every time I see new buildings that seem so dull and I know will look ugly in just a few years, especially when their white facades start to get dirty.”