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How CMYK Halftones Make For a Well-Camouflaged House

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Up close, this house extension in the waterfront city of Moers, Germany, looks about as subtle as a silk screen print by Andy Warhol, boasting a pop-art appeal that's the direct result of the architects' directive to, surprisingly, blend it into the property's surrounding trees. Düsseldorf studio MCKNHM Architects used CMYK process color to dot the façade with cyan (blueish), magenta, and yellow, which, when combined, make black. The process gives the edifice a half-tone pattern that is "intentionally reflected by the landscaping, consisting of wildflower meadows," or so the architects told Dezeen. "From a middle distance, the human eye interpolates the colours and a shaded and textured surface of brown and green seems to appear, leading to a camouflage effect." Squint your eyes and maybe you'll see the hidden deer-in-a-forest tableau.

· CMYK House by MCKNHM Architects [Dezeen]