Black houses: black façades in architecture are marvellously versatile
For a long time, dark grey or black house façades were considered a no-go. Thanks to modern design concepts and innovative colour formations, however, the image of the colour black in architecture has changed. Today, many more buildings appear impressive, elegant and timeless featuring a black façade – and are an extraordinary eye-catcher in any environment.
Modern lightness on the coast
On the British east coast in Thorpeness, a holiday home rises out of the dunes that stands out from the typical British coastal village, and not just because of its sculptural architecture.
With sloping points and deep furrows, a seemingly floating structure crowns the glass façade of the ground floor.
While modern materials such as concrete and glass dominate the appearance, the entire upper floor is clad in a black façade. The dark-coloured wooden construction is broken only by different sized asymmetrical windows This irregularity continues inside: rather than room layouts based on straight lines, the interior is arranged between angled recesses in the light, wood-panelled walls. In this way, the black coastal house from Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter combines aesthetics and modern design together under one roof.
Architecture as a shadow on the landscape
In the harsh sunlight of the California desert, a shady spot offers a welcome respite to the body and the eye. This thought inspired the architects of Oller & Pejic Architecture to design their Black Desert House, which burrows into the shimmering ground of the Mojave Desert like a polished basalt monolith.
While one part of the house embeds itself in the rocky earth, other parts of the building rise from the barren, dusty site. Floor-to-ceiling windows open the matte black façade up on all sides, providing expansive views of the prairie. A terrace with a pool and a patio between the stone slopes echo the structure of the house and offer protective open space in the midday heat.
A peek behind the black façade at Ammersee
The Black House in Germany compliments the uniformed landscape of new buildings on Ammersee Lake. Situated between an office building and an apartment building, the small house stands out from the neighbourhood due to its black façade. The special topography of the site prompted the architects in charge of the project, Buero Wagner, to create rooms of different heights, which flow smoothly into one another on the inside and are delimited by different roof shapes on the outside.
The black façade is not only an unusual eye-catcher, but is also functional. The charring of the wooden cladding makes it water-repellent and protects it against fungus. Meanwhile, the interior concrete walls serve as thermal energy storage for the installed panel heating. In keeping with the black façade and the minimalist architecture, the interior switch design, Gira E2, in black matt sets elegant accents on the walls.
Behind a black façade, an elegant living landscape often reveals itself, which is certainly more inviting than the outer impression would suggest.
In many cases, modern technology also contributes to an all-round homely and comfortable environment.
Would a black façade be an option for your next construction or renovation project? We look forward to your comments!