initial design and development


prism of colours

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hanging artefact

sketches model 1 colour spectrum

Type of artefacts

Emu eggs

  • Colours in eggshells are created by chemical compounds called tetrapyrroles. There are only two of these chemicals found in bird eggs, one blue-green and the other brown. The pigments are deposited while the eggs are forming in the bird’s oviduct.



British chafer beetles

  • This is example of structural colour creating iridescence in British beetles.



Three horned usambara chameleon

  • The colour change of chameleons is formed by both structural colour and pigment. When excited they disperse pigment containing organelles to change their colour. But their skin also contains a layer of nanocrystal which reflect different wavelengths of light when in an excited state.



Tropical morpho butterfly

  • This is an example of structural colour creating iridescence.



Ptarmigan, Lagopus sp

  • Ptarmigan live sub-arctic areas and brown summer plumage and winter winter coats.



Polar bear

  • Like many arctic animals, polar bears are white for camouflage.


Precedence of using colour in Galleries

Our Spectral Vision

  • With Isaac Newton’s research we came to know that white light comprises all the colours of the rainbow, proving and understanding as individual waves of light is composed of different wavelengths. Using prisms, Newton was able to prove that polychromatic light, daylight for example, could be stripped into the visible colour spectrum, because the waves of light were refracted differently through the glass, leaving the prism at a different angle. Even to this day today it is still fascinating for visitors to experience first-hand what is meant by the visible spectrum and explore their relationship with colour and our understanding of how we perceive it.


Diana Thater on her use of intense colour

  • She discuss the use of intense colour could be design to create atmosphere spaces and being in that space – how it could alter people’s minds and moods


James Turrell exhibitions in the US

  • A well known artist James Turrell display his work which tell the story of the artist’s pioneering experiments in perception and light projection.


Eye for Colour

  • In world museum their exhibition explained that how colour is formed
  • how artists use colour in creativity
  • how animals use colour as camouflage – changing colour to blend in with their environment
  • how some birds and reptiles use colour to stand out from the crowd – altering their colour to attract a mate


Wonder by Gabriel Dawe

  • Gabriel Dawe and artists created this thread with colours of rainbow that was inspired by memories in his childhood of the skies above Mexico City and East Texas. This Dawe’s architecturally scaled weaving, people often make mistaken as fleeting rays of lights. It was used to trick people eyes and way of looking at things.


Erskine Solar Environmental Art

  • Peter Erskine’s solar environmental art is an idea of creating solar spectrum environmental artworks using lights. The idea relied upon human interaction with solar radiation – beauty of rainbow, horrors of global warming, ozone depletion and mass species extinction. These things uses the emotional impact on artworks.


Colour Spectrum

  • These image on the left captures colours of rainbow. Some of these use tangible materials that visually dissolve to give the impression of coloured light. Others are more scientific in their approach, using light, reflection and refraction to achieve their results. Despite the varied approaches, all of these allow us to linger a little longer in that transient world of coloured light.
  • These images are from The Portrait Machine Project by Carlo Van de Roer. Created using a Polaroid aura camera. These are captured using electromagnetic field input from the subjects. This information feeds into the camera, creating layers of colour.


Indoor Rainbow

  • This incredible thousand of colours thread installation was created by Mexican artist Gabriel Dawe, who has been tricking visitors into believing they are seeing the meteorological wonder indoors.
  • This dazzling textile installation has been designed to look like it is twisting from the ceiling window and bouncing rays of colourful light across the room.


Colours of Phil

  • In this gallery space they work with idea of light in relation to aesthetic and energy. This create a visual and physical experience for visitor to see and feel visual imagery, colour and light contribute to space relationship and structured proportions.


Liz West 

  • Liz West creates vibrant environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. They work across a variety of mediums, which they make them aims to provoke a sensory awareness in the viewer through her works. They are interested in exploring how sensory phenomena can invoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our own deeply fixed relationships to colour.
  • Liz West’s investigation into the relationship between colour and light is often understanding between materiality and a given site. Within physical and architectural space, so they use light to design spaces through using translucent, transparent or reflective materials, directing the flow of artificial and natural light.


Markus Linnenbrink’s Colours Wall Installation

  • Brightly coloured stripes based on refracted light run across the walls, ceilings and floors of an art gallery in Nuremberg, Germany, Markus Linnenbrink is best known for creating site-specific installations that explore the impact of colour from a scientific, as well as a psychological perspective.
  • He was influenced by Isaac Newton’s light refraction experiments, which saw white light split out into the individual colours that make up the spectrum, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s colour theory, which considers human perception of colour.
  • The width and direction of the colours lines fluctuate. Where the stripes meet the floor they change direction, creating an irregular chevron pattern.


Model Making


Final Proposal 

perspective elevation

elevation perspective

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floor plan


roof plan


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