What do you see when you enter a library?

Let’s face it: when you enter a library it’s usually not love at first sight. Instead of books or other interesting media, you will probably first stumble upon an information desk, followed by lots of signs, directing you to the different areas or telling you what’s not allowed in the library. If we want the library to be a visually inviting place that stimulates people and makes them curious, a place that helps create a sense of community, we need to increase our observation power. It’s not just about the layout of space, the constructive elements, the furniture or the décor, it’s also about the application of colours and the perception of light and dark. All of these elements are of the utmost importance in creating moods or ambiances that support the function of the different spaces in the library.


Ingrid Fetell Lee | Joyful

Have you ever wondered why we stop to watch the orange glow of a sunset or why we flock to see cherry blossoms bloom in the Spring?
We are often taught that our external environment has little or no impact on our inner joy. Increasingly, experts urge us to find balance and calm by looking inward - through mindfulness or meditation - and muting the outside world. But what if the natural vibrancy of our surroundings is actually our most renewable and easily accessible joy? more

Muscles of seeing

In this Intel Visual Life short documentary, Michael Wolff, co-founder of Wolff Olins Agency and considered one of the preeminent visionaries and perhaps the father of 20th century brand expression and identity, talks about his approach to looking at the world, including the muscles of curiosity, appreciation, and imagination. more

The Role of Color in Architecture

Colors and their perceptions are responsible for a series of conscious and subconscious stimuli in our psycho-spatial relationship. Despite its presence and its variations, it is present in all places. Have you ever wondered what its role is in architecture? more

The secret lives of color

The Secret Lives of Color tells the unusual stories of seventy-five fascinating shades, dyes and hues. From blonde to ginger, the brown that changed the way battles were fought to the white that protected against the plague, Picasso’s blue period to the charcoal on the cave walls at Lascaux, acid yellow to kelly green, and from scarlet women to imperial purple, these surprising stories run like a bright thread throughout history. more

Architectuur door andere ogen - Bastiaan van de Kraats

Toelichting door Bastiaan van de Kraats op de herbestemming van de Cereol Fabriek in Utrecht. Speciaal aandacht voor de aspecten ruiken, voelen en proeven. more

Katharina Wibmer: Biblioskopin

Katharina Wibmer ändert den Blickwinkel und bricht so in ihren Arbeiten mit einfachen Mitteln alltägliche Sehgewohnheiten auf. Dabei entsteht eine surreale Bilderwelt aus Ironie und Trauma. more

OK Go - Obsession

A look so quick
A movement so slight
You could almost imagine
It didn’t just happen
But everything’ll change
In just one look, one little glance
It’s not passin’ fascination now
It’s obsession