The Black House lives up to its name. This home, located outside of Mainz, Germany, is covered in black paint and dark roof tiles, giving it an almost two-dimensional quality.
The structure is a moody foil to its neighbor, the White House, designed by the same architects. The two are separated by a row of trees—and a spiritual difference in how to approach facades.
Despite its dark exterior, the interior opens into a light and spacious ground floor anchored by an open-plan kitchen that bleeds into the living room where there’s a built-in sofa recessed into the wall to save space. All of the bedrooms are upstairs, where they take advantage of the roof’s cool asymmetrical angles. Out back, there’s a patio, covered and uncovered, that’s connected to a sprawling, suburban lawn.