Back to black: the best in contemporary black architecture

Back to black: the best in contemporary black architecture

Over the centuries, the colour black is steeped in a history of functionality – the Vikings used black tar as a protective coating in both shipbuilding and architectural practices; the Japanese charred wood to preserve their constructs against the elements; the British used black to combat the abundance of soot in 19th century London; and more recently, vantablack, the darkest shade in the world, was developed for military and astronomy equipment (later being quickly and exclusively snapped up by Anish Kapoor). As architectural styles, techniques and practices have developed, the colour has taken on aesthetic and symbolic uses, conveying a plethora of meanings across many different cultures: prominence, invisibility and spirituality. Join us to explore the best in contemporary black architecture, including projects featured in Phaidon’s Black: Architecture in Monochrome and beyond, and the reason why black is the new black...

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