Stunning apartment building elevates concrete

Exterior of concrete apartment complex with rectangular windows. Joe

Light, plants, and earth tones create a luxurious, cozy home

There’s something about a Mexican concrete house that does it
for us


. This new apartment building in Mexico City’s posh
Polanco neighborhood is no exception. Designed by Tucson, Arizona,
firm Studio Rick Joy
and Mexico City studio FRB Arquitectos Asociados,
the five-story building is built from cast-in-place concrete.

The structures houses two two-story apartments, both of which
take on a soft, moody glow thanks to the warm light the pouring
through the windows onto the stratified layers of concrete. To get
the rough around the edges layered effect, builders imprinted a
timber board into the wet concrete.

Bright living room with light gray walls and cream furniture. Joe

The building facade features large rectangular cut-outs that let
lots of light onto a covered timber terrace. Plenty of plants are
nestled into nooks throughout, especially around the three light
wells in the building, giving the space the lush and protected feel
of a tropical hideaway.

Inside, the apartments embrace similar earth tones with oak wood
floors, brass finishes, and a timber ceiling.

“The [project] uses a restrained material palette informed by
local building traditions to produce a sense of deep warmth and
experiential softness,” the studio writes in a design statement.
It’s a classy move—the apartments feel homey yet luxe, spacious
yet cozy all at the same time.

Bedroom with a large gridded window, fireplace, and bed with gray sheets. Joe
Fletcher Dining area with light gray walls and a large wall of glass.
Joe Fletcher Bedroom with timber bed and large, steel-framed windows
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Covered timber deckJoe
Interior courtyard of buildingJoe

Source: FS – All – Architecture 10
Stunning apartment building elevates concrete