Art & Design

October 2, 2017

10 of the Best Black Buildings in the World

Stealth situations

  • Written by Amuse Team

White buildings have already had their virtues extolled in a beautiful book – now their black counterparts are being celebrated. 1000 years Black: Architecture in Monochrome looks at 150 examples, including works from the likes of Eero Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe, David Adjaye and Jean Nouvel. Whether they’re tar-treated, darkened with age or made of slick glass, these constructions stand out, but remain concealed. They’re weird, cool and mysterious.

See the gallery for our favourites, from the Black Desert house in California’s Yucca Valley (Oller & Pejic) to the Roads and Waterworks Support Center in Harlingen, The Netherlands (Neutelings Riedijk Architects) and from a Homeless Shelter in Pamplona, Spain (Larraz Arquitectos) to the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Ohio (Farshid Moussavi).

1000 years Black: Architecture in Monochrome


  1. LIFT, Sendai, Japan, 2011, Apollo Architects & Associates. Picture credit: Apollo Architects & Associates
  2. Kärsämäki Shingle Church, Kärsämäki, Finland, 2004, OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture. Picture credit: OOPEAA
  3. Faber Headquarters, Udine, Italy, 2013, GEZA Gri e Zucchi Architetti Associati. Picture credit: GEZA Gri e Zucchi Architetti Associati/Massimo Crivellari
  4. MuCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations), Marseille, France, 2013, Rudy Ricciotti. Picture credit: Rudy Ricciotti/Lisa Ricciotti
  5. House of Kashiba, Kashiba, Japan, 2009, Horibe Associates. Picture credit: Naoko Architect Office
  6. Concrete House II, Madrid, Spain, 2011, A-cero. Picture credit: A-cero architects/Luis H. Segovia
  7. Black Desert, Yucca Valley, California, USA, 2014, Oller & Pejic. Picture credit: Oller & Pejic Architecture/Marc Angeles
  8. Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 2012, Farshid Moussavi. Picture credit: Dean Kaufman
  9. Roads and Waterworks Support Center, Harlingen, The Netherlands, 1998, Neutelings Riedijk Architects. Picture credit: Neutelings Riedijk Architecten/Christian Richters
  10. Homeless Shelter, Pamplona, Spain, 2010, Larraz Arquitectos. Picture credit: Larraz Arquitectos/Iñaki Bergera


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