A touch of colour can lift the mood like nothing else; and these colourful offices are a case in point. From candy pink to primary green, red and blue, soft or strong, subtle or neon bright – colour in the workplace can brighten the everyday, and architects from across the globe know that. Through the strategic use of material, texture and tone, designs are enhanced and attention is grabbed – or not. Equally, gentle, soothing hues can make sure an architectural space feels calming and cocooning. From Brazil to India and Peru, these are some of the finest examples of colourful workspaces. 

Sallve, Brazil 

interior of Sallve’s colourful offices in brazil

São Paulo- and Belo Horizonte-based Gema Arquitetura has just completed the colourful offices of Brazilian beauty experts Sallve. In keeping with the brand’s vibrant character and overall visual identity, the architects, led by Nara Grossi, Priscila Almeida and Joseana Costa, crafted a building that reads clean and boxy from the outside, but is full of carefully calculated pops of colour and fun inside. A pared-down approach throughout ensures consistency and a sense of refinement, enhanced through the soft tones in architectural elements and pieces of furniture throughout. Candy colours meet minimalist architecture.  

Nureca, India 

Nureca colourful offices, India 

Chandigarh architect Noor D Singh and his team were called upon to compose a modern workspace for the bespoke creative office of e-commerce pharmaceutical lifestyle medical equipment group Nureca. Natural light and colour sit at the heart of the design. Strategically placed skylights enhance the former, while in terms of the latter, hues of terracotta (with a terrazzo floor) and pastel tones of blue and green create splashes of colour across the space. Meanwhile, bright blue and rich green offset the otherwise monotone cement aesthetic, abstractly referencing nature. Photography: Ashish Sahi

Interbank Tower, Peru

Hans Hollein Peru bank interiors, colourful offices revamped by WorkAC

Austrian postmodernist architect Hans Hollein’s iconic Peru bank design, the Interbank Tower in the country’s capital, Lima, has just been given an interior revamp by US-based architecture studio WorkAC. The building, originally created in 2001, expressed its zeitgeist, featuring signature Hollein architectural gestures, such as curves, colour and confident, bold geometries. However, 20 years on, the bank evolved and its needs changed; enter Dan Wood and Amale Andraos of WorkAC, who were called upon to rework the space to suit contemporary requirements and changing work habits. ‘In the intervening years, Interbank has become a younger, tech-savvy and more entrepreneurial organisation. WorkAC was tasked with creating new spaces for this new kind of work,’ the architects explain. Photography: Ramiro del Carpio Read more about the project

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