Black: Architecture In Monochrome

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An exploration of the beauty and drama of 150 black structures built by the world’s leading architects over 1,000 years.

A visually rich book, Black: Architecture in Monochrome casts a new eye on the beauty – and the drama – of black in the built world. Spotlighting more than 150 structures from the last 1,000 years, Black pairs engaging text with fascinating photographs of houses, churches, libraries, skyscrapers, and other buildings from some of the world’s leading architects, including Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson, and Eero Saarinen, David Adjaye, Jean Nouvel, Peter Marino, and Steven Holl.


  • Provides readers with a fresh new way to appreciate the built world through the aesthetics of black architecture
  • Features vernacular and historic structures, including rural barns, Georgian townhouses, Icelandic chapels, and traditional Portuguese stone houses
  • Showcases works by some of the best architects of the twentieth century as well as some of the most celebrated contemporary architects
  • Buildings are organised in intriguing pairings, each entry illustrated with stunning photography and an engaging text that explores the role of black in the building’s design


  • Hardback
  • English
  • 29cm x 25cm
  • 224pp
  • 175 colour illustrations



Books as beautiful as their subjects. Phaidon Press is the world’s leading publisher of books on the visual arts, with offices in London, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, Milan, New York and Tokyo, and distributors worldwide. The publishing house covers everything from art, architecture, photography, design, performing arts, decorative arts, contemporary culture, fashion, film, travel, cookery and children’s books.