Towards An Architect is a video installation work interpreting the legacy of modernism as manifested in the work and thoughts of Le Corbusier, especially in colour palettes he designed for Swiss wallpaper company Salubra. Le Corbusier chose these colours based on their psychological effect and their assumed ability to induce harmony in the viewer. Currently these colours are available as sets of wall paints.
The video work is based on a true story about a french architect who was greatly influenced by Le Corbusier, in part by his colour theory. In the 1960s the architect set out to design a prison for "happy prisoners” just outside Paris. The reality was however that the inmates of the Fleury-Mérogis prison had to tolerate substandard living conditions.
The experience of the prisoners living in the overpopulated, damp prison was very different from the projected ideals, and a few of them were so traumatized by the life in these surroundings that they decided to revenge to the architect. The former prisoners broke into the architect’s office and held a gun to his head while they destroyed his office.
The video work portrays a fictional architect, who, experiencing the response of the people forced to live in the structures he has created, is being covered in Le Corbusier's signature paints in different colours.