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The Chic Little Black House

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The very amusing blog Coffee With An Architect (Architecture and Angst) mocks the penchant of architects for black.

In their clothing.

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This very chic house takes black to the max.

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Normally a black exterior does nothing for energy costs, because black exteriors absorb more heat, requiring more air conditioning to keep cool in climates like Australia’s.

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But the house is in a region on Mornington Peninsula with harsh prevailing winds.

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So the architects tucked it into a hillside to maximise shelter.

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StudioFour‘s Ridge Road Residence is an Australian House of the Year finalist for 2012.

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The warmth of the sun is maximised through giant glazing.

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Once inside, the all black of the exterior flips to a creamy white.

The all-white interior forms a sharp contrast.

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Unusually, the architecture team, former Art Directors  Annabelle Berryman and Sarah Henry, have also created an artwork for the living room celebrating reflections of the landscape.

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The studio-based practice hopes to blend the disciplines of art, architecture, landscape and interiors.

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With their design backgrounds, the two have a vision for architectural practice recruiting design as a holistic solution, not a compartmentalised one.

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In this, they are bringing into the 21st century an “architect chic” version of the concept of the arts and crafts movement, that also sought a holistic blend of the arts and crafts of building.

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Looking out from the business end of the cooking area – this appears to be just another white kitchen.

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But from the other side, the most extreme kitchen ever. Cooking in an all black space is a first!

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The black cabinetry causes the kitchen to fade into the background so that a meal in the kitchen feels more like it’s in a separate dining room.

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