With 'Tennyson 205', Studio Rick Joy designed a concrete apartment block with sculptural finesse and a nod to Brutalism. 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. The building almost resembles a carved urban sculpture. It immediately stands out among the other modern architecture and Spanish buildings in the neighbourhood. Tennyson 205 is located in a quiet street surrounded by other building on three sides. As a result, Rick Joy integrated three 'light wells' with lush vegetation of different plants, lianas and vines. This allows natural light to reach the lower levels, plus 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, also found inside the apartments, is nicely complemented and balanced by a fresh interior. Here and there, we find nods to Brutalism and Modernism in the furnishings. The apartments feel warm and homely, a paragon of contemporary refinement and elegance. Wood was 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 brilliant details and a few touches of colour. The chosen modern furniture and most of the fabrics have a black or cream colour. In combination with the natural light you get a sophisticated and soothing atmosphere. Images © Joe Fletcher