Far from being a brilliant white, paint analysis established that the surfaces in the foyer were painted in a very sophisticated manner in 1951. A deep red, a pale dull green and a dark brown were originally employed. At first sight the selection of colour might seem somewhat random, but there appears to have been a rationale behind it. I showed how the original scheme had been influenced by the writings of Amédée Ozenfant, a one-time collaborator of the Swiss architect, Le Corbusier.
The Foyer appears to have been decorated on nine occasions. For at least the first four redecorations there seems to have been a conscious decision to maintain the original colour scheme in most areas of the building. However, with the obliteration of the early colours and the introduction of a universal green, the original concept had been lost.
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A CENTURY OF ACHIEVEMENT
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