The Interlock

London's Riding House Street hosts a range of architectural styles although, all of the buildings do share a common trait — a brick facade. Not to disrupt the aesthetic, The Interlock does adopt the traditional exterior while presenting it a contemporary way. The five-story building swaps the classic brickwork dimensions for a collection of 44 misshapen, clay blocks. Each one was set into 14 hand-crafted steel molds and fired in oxidation to create the matt blue finish. Totaling 5,000 pieces, their unconventional pattern creates a 3D effect that morphs as people pass by. Internally, the mixed-use development houses three residential units, a café, and a gallery. Taking a more light, airy approach, the interior features white-washed walls, oak flooring, and bathrooms finished in terrazzo.

Photos: Gilbert McCarragher / Bureau de Change

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