There’s no missing that yellow. A lemonish hue pervades the lounge spaces of two new dormitories at Bard College Berlin’s campus, applied to back walls and a coffee bar. Framed by green trim, the tint brightens up the rooms (which double as co-working areas), though it is far from the only chromatic flourish. Coral red seating—custom-designed by the building architects, the New York–based firm Civilian, and recalling the planar geometries of Gerrit Rietveld—adds a slightly earthy contrast. Turquoise curtains and plush light-blue lounge chairs with orange steel frames, also by Civilian, round out the color palette.
The architects have cited Berlin’s modernist tradition, particularly its varied manifestations in the leafy Pankow neighborhood, as inspiration. The well-handled brick exteriors of the five-story buildings, one clay red and the other creamy white, have a certain Expressionist character. Inside, every one of the 39 apartment units is outfitted with plywood flatpack furniture that evokes Donald Judd’s minimalist furnishings.