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February 15, 2013
Black is the color (or absence of color, rather) of choice for these twelve homes from San Francisco to Berlin to Tokyo and beyond.
Footbridge entrance to living room

The Sebastian Mariscal–designed Wabi House in Carlsbad, California featured a charred-cedar facade. From the perfectly ordinary suburban street on which it sits, it’s little more than a white cube rising from a black rectangle.

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Originally appeared in An Atypical Modern Home in Southern California
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Fujimori has an affinity for building structures that appear to be perched precariously: His charred cedar-clad Guest House seems to balance on a sliver of a wall.

Here's another charred-cedar facade, this on in Japan by architect Terunobu Fujimori. Read more on his technique here.

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Originally appeared in Terunobu Fujimori
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Charred wood facade of a modern house in The Netherlands

Fujimoto's work was the inspiration for architect Peter Weijnen's green house in Amsterdam.

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Originally appeared in Second to None
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minimal modernist home renovation in Germany

A coat of black paint modernizes the facade of a 1907 villa renovation in Hamburg, Germany.

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David Baker's Edwardian is painted the same slightly sparkly micaceous iron-oxide paint as the Sydney Harbor Bridge; the color is Quarry. Glass vitrines fronting his art studio are curated at whim to the enjoyment of passersby. The ipe gate to the right o

A San Francisco house that survived the Great Quake and the intervening decades is reborn after a serious intervention by modernist architect David Baker.

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The exterior facade of the renovated Victorian Everett House in Louisville Kentucky.

Juliet Gray, Mathias Kolehmainen, and their sons Cooper and Cyrus have a new favorite hangout: the wide back steps on the addition to their Louisville, Kentucky, house, which double as theater seating. Out of respect for the structure's more traditional neighbors, architect Roberto de Leon painted the exterior of the addition Black Forest Green, a Benjamin Moore hue commonly used on plantation shutters in the South.

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Originally appeared in A Well-Grafted Home
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The black facade of the Yatabe family’s house may turn a darkly futuristic face to its suburban block, but behind it the house is full of light. In Saitama, a tightly packed neighborhood near Tokyo, the black metal screen affords the family privacy without sacrificing outdoor space.

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Originally appeared in Small Box Home with Black Metal Facade in Japan
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Sunken house exterior street view

Architect David Adjaye selected a dark-brown stained facade for the moden house he designed for photographer Ed Reed in London. The Sunken House, so-named for its excavated site, is a dark, cedar-clad cube in a stuffy part of town, where weathered brick and clay chimney pots are more common than modernist angles.

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Dark grey metal house Villa DVT The Netherlands by BoetzkesHelder

While still studying architecture at Eindhoven University, Servie Boetzkes and Jeroen Helder landed a commission through “friends of friends” to build a home in a suburb of Arnhem, the Netherlands, clad in dark aluminum.

Originally appeared in Facade Focus: Metal
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Thought the facade of this Sydney, Australia, house is painted black, the rear is open and airy.

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Two Black Sheds incorporates all the conventional aspects of a weekend retreat in a rather unconventional way.

A dramatic departure from your typical cabin on the lake, this unique retreat adds shades of black to a tiny island awash with local color.

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Originally appeared in Off the Beaten Path
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Architect Charlie Lazor opted for a wash of black on the prefab cabin he designed on Madeline Island, Wisconsin.

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Originally appeared in The Idyllic Midwest Getaway
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Footbridge entrance to living room

The Sebastian Mariscal–designed Wabi House in Carlsbad, California featured a charred-cedar facade. From the perfectly ordinary suburban street on which it sits, it’s little more than a white cube rising from a black rectangle.

Photo by Daniel Hennessy. Image courtesy of ©2010 DANIEL HENNESSY PHOTOGRAPHY.

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