The Pantone colours of the year 2021 are PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating. This combination of two colours carry an uplifting meaning of strength and hope at the same time. These two colours are inspiring; and they lead us to see the world in colour. This visual travel guide will now take you to 10 different places in the world and let them surprise you!
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Pantone Colour of 2021: Ultimate Gray
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin, Germany
In the city centre of Berlin, there are a group of grey concrete blocks arranged in a grid pattern, treated as a monument site and part of The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe museum. These columns create a sense of sadness and resemble gravestones without the people's names in a huge cemetery.
Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland
The Hallgrímskirkja church is located in the capital city of Iceland; it has been one of the signature architectures in the country. The whole church's form was inspired by Icelandic landscapes, from the shapes and grey colours of a basalt volcanic rock you can find everywhere in Iceland, to the images of Icelandic mountains and glaciers as well.
Louvre Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
There's another Louvre on the other side of the world. Louvre Abu Dhabi is a new version of the one in Paris. This newly opened art museum is constructed in aluminium and stainless steel which gives us a modern yet futuristic feeling. It looks clean, soft and subtle in such grey colour. The ceiling filters bright sunlight down in a way that filters through the leaves of a palm tree that you usually see in UAE.
Titanic Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
RMS Titanic, the ship that never sank was accidentally sank in the middle of North Atlantic Ocean. Titanic Belfast museum open in 2012, in the birthplace where the original ship was built in the 100th year of the accident. The architecture of the museum was inspired by the original RMS Titanic. The shape and the grey colour resembles the heavy steels that were mainly used for the structure of the ship.
Sea Organ, Zadar, Croatia
The Sea Organ in Zadar city centre let the sea play its own music. This architectural art installation is a music instrument whenever sea waves hit the tubes underneath these grey marble steps, the music begins. This area is relaxing, comfy and perfect for an early morning walk along the promenade.
Pantone Colour of 2021: Illuminating
Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Budapest, Hungary
Budapest has granted its perfect nickname for century: The City of Spa. It's not a surprise that you can find 50 spas, baths and pools in Budapest, while Széchenyi Thermal Bath is the biggest one you should definitely go to when you are around. It houses 18 pools and 10 steam chambers and saunas. Now it's time to enjoy your relaxing time surrounded by their signature illuminating architecture!
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria
The main summer residence of the Habsburg royals is Schönbrunn Palace. It is located in the city of Vienna. The name of the palace was named after an artesian well from which water was consumed by them right in front of this grand palace. This place is nominated to be one of the most yellow palaces in the world if you believe so.
Portuguese Egg Tarts, Pastéis de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
An egg tart can certainly give us strength when we are starving. This one and only bakery in Lisbon offers the best Portuguese egg tarts in the whole world. They are nothing like any others you've had in your lifetime. The only thing you can't miss out while you are in Lisbon is them. You'll probably regret it if you haven't had enough during your trip.
Peterhof Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia
No other palaces in the world are as brilliant as the Peterhof Palace. Not only they painted the roof decor gold, this soft yellowish palace is filled with grand gold interiors everywhere. You'll only find out how jaw-dropping it is once you entered into this gorgeous home of the ancient royals.
Saigon Central Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The largest post office in Ho Chi Minh City is right in front of your eyes. This central post office is in the heart of the city near the city's cathedral. This French-styled yellow-green architecture was built in the late 19th century when Vietnam was still part of French colony. No wonder it looks so much different from any other buildings in the city!