Saturday, 24 August 2013

Black out: Dark dream houses

If I lived far, far away from the city, I would live in a black house on a windy bluff, a cliff, a paddock, a grassy hill, a sand dune. Overlooking the North Pacific in Japan, Bass Strait in Victoria, the North Atlantic in Sweden, there are other sweet and sometimes sad souls seeking peace in the sound of the pounding surf during a storm and, just as often, beauty in the sight of a sparkling ocean on a calm and sunny day.

1. This summer house in Sweden designed by by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter sports a black shingle panel façade; via
2. Todd Saunders designed a series of six artists’ studios on various Fogo Island locations with views of the North Atlantic Ocean; via
3. Black-stained cedar clads this weekend house at the beach in Chiba, Japan, by Tokyo studio Bakoko, via
4. House Tumle in Gothenburg, Sweden, has a black facade clad in black corrugated metal sheeting. It is designed by Johannes Norlander Arkitektur; via
5. This black beach house called Scape House, overlooks Bass Strait in Victoria. It is designed by Andrew Simpson Architects, Owen West, Hatz Architects, and Dennis Prior; via
6. Villa Uttringe, a barn-like house in Sweden by Wahlin Arkitekter; via
7. This house extension on a property outside Melbourne has small windows scattered across the rear facade. It’s designed by Australian practice Wolveridge Architects; via
Viktor & Rolf Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2013/2014 Collection; via

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