Black Architecture: Smart, Not Scary

Architecture & Interiors

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The color black, with all its ominous implications, is, in fact, tailor-made for 21st Century architecture. While a black-washed Victorian or Tudor morphs into a cliche of foreboding doom, black lends the clean lines and geometric volumes of modern architecture a stark, sophisticated dynamism. This summer house in Tjajkovski, Sweden is one of many examples of contemporary architecture which injects black as an aesthetic feature—and it’s a particular favorite here at 2Modern.

Designed by Stockholm-based Tham & Videgård, the striking angles, extreme horizontal profile and external glass and wood detailing are rendered only more dramatic by the rich black stain. Adding to the visual drama is the interior of Archipelago house, awash in white, clearly visible from the outside via vast expanses of glass—making the house’s geometric black profile only more transfixing.


Images: Åke E:son Lindman

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1 Comment

  1. Anne

    Nov 2, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Wonderful contrast against the natural setting. Seems very airy with the open concept.

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