Hamburg, November 13, 2013 – High-rises don’t have to get lost in the gray concrete jungle: some are
a real riot of color, with vivid facades in scarlet, turquoise or canary yellow – or even combining all the
colors of the rainbow. Facades such as these break the drabness of so many concrete tower blocks,
and their creative designs stimulate the imagination. A list of the world’s most colorful high-rises has
now been compiled by Emporis (, the international provider of building data.

In the case of Colorium, probably the best-known building in Düsseldorf’s Medienhafen (“Media
Harbor”), the name says it all: the building’s exceptional aluminum ribbon window facade, consisting of
over 2,200 panels of glass, was screen-printed with 17 different geometric patterns of single or up to
four colors. The top floor juts out well over the harbor basin and particularly catches the eye with its
signal-red coloring and night-time illumination.


The positively idyllic-seeming First World Hotel in Genting, Malaysia, radiates joie-de-vivre, fun and –
not least – rest and recuperation from humdrum routine from every inch of its luminous bright facade.
It is hardly surprising, then, that the almost five-hectare First World Plaza in and around the hotel
complex has a comprehensive range of entertainments on offer, including an amusement park, casino,
theater stage and further attractions.

The shimmering copper-colored facade of Mercury City in Moscow, on the other hand, might not be
able to compete with the fascinating play of colors at the First World Hotel, but, with its imposing and
noble visual appearance, succeeds in demonstrating that a brilliant show is perfectly possible with just
the one color. The skyscraper, which measures just under 339 meters, stands out on the skyline of the
Russian capital and also impresses through its environmental friendliness and sustainability.

Colorful buildings do not just provide a welcome change from uniform-appearance blocks: bright colors
also have a positive effect on the mood and on the memory and reaction times of those looking at
them, as researchers at the University of Essex in England have recently discovered. Particularly
during the cold time of year, when the weather is often gray, radiant colors in a vibrant cityscape can
indeed help to drive away the winter blues.

About Emporis
Emporis is a leading database of information about building and construction projects, based in
Germany. For over a decade Emporis has helped companies, organizations and individuals stay
informed about the building industry. The Emporis Skyscraper Award is the world’s most renowned
prize for high-rise architecture.
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