Light, plants, and earth tones create a luxurious, cozy home
There’s something about a Mexican concrete house that does it
time. 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.
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.
Source: FS – All – Architecture 10
Stunning apartment building elevates concrete