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 an architectural 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 showcases black as an aesthetic feature—and it’s a personal favorite here at 2Modern. Designed by architectural firm Tham & Videgård, the already striking angles, extreme horizontal profile and external detailing of the glass and wood Archipelago House are rendered only more dramatic by its rich black stain. As an even more dramatic counterpoint, the inside of the Archipelago house is predominantly white—but today being Halloween, it’s only black that has us transfixed.
Images: Åke E:son Lindman