Architecture in Black: A Selection of The Best Dark Interiors

The use of light and shadow in architecture can have several nuances. The traditional Japanese culture stands out for working with spaces of dim light, kind of dull. On the other hand, modern architecture and minimalism work along with illuminating spaces through the use of white spaces and reflection of light as a recurring resource.

Even so, black, dark spaces and minimalism also converse in the same language that provides new possibilities for lighting design and use of new materials. We now present you a selection of the best contemporary interior spaces that use black as the protagonist element, generating introspective but dramatic environments at the same time.

KLOEM Hostel / IF (Integrated Field)

© PanoramicStudio

Yellow Submarine Coffee Tank / Secondfloor Architects

© Ketsiree Wongwan

The Olympic Pavilion / Asif Khan

© Luke Hayes

Hubba-to / Supermachine Studio

© Wison Tungthunya

Mystical Game / Feel Design

Courtesy of Feel Design

Toshiba Milano Salone / Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane

© Francesco Niki Takehiko

Yan Ji You Flagship Store in K11 Guangzhou / Karv One Design

© Guiheng Liao

VUE Hotel / Ministry of Design

© Edward Hendricks

Mestizo Restaurant / Smiljan Radic

Courtesy of Smiljan Radic

ACE Cafe 751 / dEEP Architects

Courtesy of dEEP

House WW / K2A

© Nicolas Schimp

Sentralen / Atelier Oslo + KIMA Arkitektur

© Lars Petter Pettersen

MARS Case / OPEN Architecture

© Qingshan Wu

The VIPP Shelter / VIPP

Courtesy of VIPP

Jian Li Ju Theatre / More Design Office

© Dirk Weiblen

Filmax Cinema Hall / Arquitecturia + AMOO

© José Hevia

Cinema Center in Matadero de Legazpi / ch+qs arquitectos

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Gabba Hey / CUAC arquitectura

© Fernando Alda

Floating Penthouse Berlin / Atelier Zafari

© Werner Huthmacher

Keep It Glassy 2 / Coordination Asia

Courtesy of Coordination Asia

NAVE / Smiljan Radic

© Nico Saieh

Siu Siu – Lab of Primitive Senses / DIVOOE ZEIN Architects

Courtesy of DIVOOE ZEIN Architects


© Hiroyuki OKI

Wintergarden at the Northern Club / Fearon Hay Architects

© Patrick Reynolds

Guggenheim Museum Transformed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Ellen Labenski © SRGF

CLASS Cafe Buriram / Sake Architects

© Chalermwat Wongchompoo

This article was originally published on October 30, 2018.

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Cite: Fernanda Castro. "Architecture in Black: A Selection of The Best Dark Interiors " 30 Oct 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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