With 'Tennyson 205' Studio Rick Joy designed a concrete apartment block with a nod to Brutalism and a sculptural finesse. Explicit contrasts, a limited palette of materials and a refined interior determine the elegance and beauty of this project.
For this concrete block, a minimal palette of materials and local building traditions were used. As a result, the building almost resembles a carved urban sculpture and immediately stands out among the other modern architecture and Spanish buildings in the neighbourhood. Tennyson 205 is located in a quiet street and is surrounded on three sides by other buildings. Rick Joy therefore integrated three 'light wells' with lush vegetation of different plants, lianas and vines. In this way the natural daylight also reaches the lower levels and the greenery provides a nice contrast and softness to the concrete.
Lush greenery and wood create a beautiful softness and contrast with the concrete.
The grey of the outer walls can also be found inside the apartments where this is nicely complemented and balanced by a fresh interior. Here and there we also find nods to Brutalism and Modernism in the furnishings. The apartments feel warm and homely and are a paragon of contemporary refinement and elegance. Wood was also widely used, think of the floor, cabinets, doors, ceilings, ... to once again balance the cold of the concrete. The natural materials and meticulous finishing in the kitchens and bathrooms bear witness to the utmost craftsmanship. Elements of bronze and leather and works of art provide a few colour touches and brilliant details. The chosen modern furniture and most fabrics have a black or cream colour. In combination with the natural light you get a sophisticated and soothing atmosphere. Images © Joe Fletcher