The Very Best of Rainbow-Colored Architecture

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Seneca the Younger, the Ralph Waldo Emerson of ancient Rome, wrote one of the earliest encyclopedias of the natural world covering fun New Age topics like meteors, halos, mock suns, lightning, and comets. Devoting an entire volume to rainbows, he offered the first known scientific observations of nature’s most charming phenomenon by explaining “that rainbows appear always opposite to the sun; they appear in water sprayed by a rower or even in the water spat by a launderer on dresses.” A man way before his time, he even speaks of rainbows “produced by small rods of glass”, anticipating Newton’s brainy experiments with prisms 1500 years later.

We here are Flavorpill love a solid rainbow colored roundup to combat the Monday blues. Case in point, our short survey of rainbows art and our rainbow-hued film guide. From a building that lets you experience what it’s like to be inside a rainbow to the prettiest kaleidoscopic flower market in the world, click through to check out the very best of cheerful, full spectrum design.

ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects – Aarhus, Denmark

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Saint-Cloud Sports Center by KOZ Architects – Paris, France

Image credit: KOZ Architects

Sugamo Shinkin Bank, Shimura Branch by Emmanuelle Moureaux – Tokyo, Japan

Image credit: Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design / Nacasa & Partners Inc. via designboom

L’école maternelle de la rue Pajol by Palatre et Leclere Architectes – Paris, France

Image credit: Palatre et Leclere Architectes

Arc En Ciel by Agence Bernard Bühler – Bordeaux, France

Image credit: Traces of Creation

The Saguaro Hotel by Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat Architects – Palm Springs, California

Image credit: joie de vivre hotels

Sugamo Shinkin Bank, Tokiwadai Branch by Emmanuelle Moureaux – Tokyo, Japan

Image credit: Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design

Fine Arts Center by Kell Muñoz Architects – Edcouch-Elsa, Texas

Image credit: Best House Design

Flower Market by Willy Müller Architects – Barcelona, Spain

Image credit: Yatzer

Contemporary Arts Museum of Castilla y León by Luis M. Mansilla and Emilio Tuñón – León, Spain

Image credit: Mansilla + Tuñón Architects

Manzana Perforada Social Housing by Amann-Canovas-Maruri – Madrid, Spain

Image credit: Amann-Canovas-Maruri

The Rainbow School by DLR Group – Los Angeles, California

Image credit: Arch | dez | art