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Black is the color (or absence of color, rather) of choice for these twelve homes from San Francisco to Berlin to Tokyo and beyond.
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  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 HennessyCourtesy of: ©2010 DANIEL HENNESSY PHOTOGRAPHY

    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

    Courtesy of: ©2010 DANIEL HENNESSY PHOTOGRAPHY

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  Here's another charred-cedar facade, this on in Japan by architect Terunobu Fujimori. Read more on his technique here.  Photo by: Adam FriedbergCourtesy of: Akihisa Masuda

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

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

    Courtesy of: Akihisa Masuda

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  Fujimoto's work was the inspiration for architect Peter Weijnen's green house in Amsterdam.  Photo by: Hans Peter Follmi Courtesy of: I See For You © Föllmi Photography

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

    Photo by: Hans Peter Follmi

    Courtesy of: I See For You © Föllmi Photography

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  A coat of black paint modernizes the facade of a 1907 villa renovation in Hamburg, Germany.  Photo by: Mark Seelen

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

    Photo by: Mark Seelen

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

    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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  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.  Photo by: Noah Webb

    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.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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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.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    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.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  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.

    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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  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.

    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.

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  Thought the facade of this Sydney, Australia, house is painted black, the rear is open and airy.  Photo by: Brett Boardman

    Thought the facade of this Sydney, Australia, house is painted black, the rear is open and airy.

    Photo by: Brett Boardman

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  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.  Photo by: Chad Holder

    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.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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  Architect Charlie Lazor opted for a wash of black on the prefab cabin he designed on Madeline Island, Wisconsin.  Photo by: George Heinrich

    Architect Charlie Lazor opted for a wash of black on the prefab cabin he designed on Madeline Island, Wisconsin.

    Photo by: George Heinrich

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