A revival of Brutalism
For the concept of the Royal B hotel - located in the functionalist late ‘60s Royal Belge building in Watermael-Boitsfort - we found our inspiration in the rawness of Brutalism. At the base of this machine age style lays a fascination for ‘raw’ unadorned concrete work and a play with geometry using prism, cube, cylinders and pyramids in sheer volumes. The feeling of the material is highlighted using heavy, chunky and brutal block shaped volumes with a dramatic look and feel. In general, texture was more important than color and form followed function.