The architecture of the island has been influenced by the climate. The predominant colour of the houses is white as it works as a mirror against the sunrais and therefore avoids the increase of temperature inside the houses. Descendent roofs and patios with stone tanks make sure the very few rain water is getting collected. As contrast to the white walls the predominant colour of the windows and doors is green resulting from the past when the fishermen used the remaining paint after painting their boats.
It is not possible to talk about the architecture on the island without mentioning the exceptional work done by the Lanzarote architect, artist and decorator César Manrique. His influence and work have given a new identity to the island.
Manrique was the grand defensor of the island. He succeeded to convince its people to keep on caring for the island´s identity and beauty. The government assimilated his ideas and e.g. prohibited to place publicity boards on the streets and motorways. Thanks to this simple idea one can fully admire the beautiful landscape of the island when passing by it.
Manrique wished the people to explore the island through its beauty. His work is the inheritance that most is appreciated by the Lanzarote habitants. To conserve the architectural identity, he built himself a home of a style typical for the island. It was to serve as model and example and above all to pay homage to the countrymen who have been able to subdue the hostility of the volcanic land. Manrique´s most outstanding works are Jameos del Agua and the Mirador del Rio.