Surrounded by buildings on three sides, Tennyson 205 is a five-story apartment building on a quiet street in Polanco, Mexico City, that opens to the city only via its west facade.
Three light wells—each vegetated using a variety of planters, boxes, and hanging vines to add greenery and softness to the exposed concrete structure—ensure that daylight reaches the lower levels of the block.
A limited palette of materials, informed by local building traditions, gives the building the appearance of a carved urban sculpture.
Rough sawn board-formed cast in place concrete gives texture to the walls when they are grazed by light.
Mexico City, Mexico
Natalia Zieman Hayes
Marybel Rodriguez Zepeda
Claudia Kappl Joy