The Regenboogbuurt (Rainbow district) in Almere, Netherlands is painted in bold colors. Three bright red towers mark the district from afar. Even though the colors, in all shades of the rainbow, are quite bold, together they form a rare unity. When the district was conceived, in the early nineties, an intricate color design was part of the overall design. The colors were then protected by law, they could not be changed at will. Everyone had to adhere to the overall color design.
However, lately it has appeared that the color design could be sidestepped. Much to the chagrin of most inhabitants, some people decided to ignore the overall color plan and paint their houses in bold colors of their own choosing. Thus the composition of the original plan got affected.
So, now a group of inhabitants is railing against the changes, demanding that the law be fixed. Local media have been alerted and they've set up a Facebook page. They want to protect the colors of the district, arguing that the original design was one of the reasons to go live there in the first place. They're very proud of the extraordinary colorful look of their neighborhood and want to keep it that way.
Towns and districts where color is an indivisible part of the overall design are very rare. The Rainbow district was inspired by a famous Berlin district, designed by Bruno Taut in the ninety twenties. Today, this part of Berlin is regarded as a marvel of light and color.
Photos of the Regenboogwijk by Geert van der Wijk