Juxtaposed design concepts see two worlds collide in perfect harmony

A truly beautiful contradiction, the stylishly renovated 2 The Embankment celebrates the blissful marriage of two juxtaposed design concepts, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that opposites really do attract.

The flexible office space, located in the heart of Leeds city centre, is where urban chic and high-end boutique blend in perfect harmony, creating an environment that is at once cutting-edge yet unreservedly sophisticated.

Solus, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of commercial floor and wall tiles, worked with Helme; Partners to compose an aesthetic that reflects both the city’s rugged industrial heritage and the latest on-trend designs. A beatific collision of worlds, the Grade A building’s mill-like exterior sees traditional brickwork in natural tones sit alongside the steely shades of urban culture, while internally, opulence reigns supreme.

Giles Rochell photography
Giles Rochell photography
Giles Rochell photography

A luxurious ambiance is evident on arrival, achieved in no small part by the presence of ultra-classy Lustrous tiles from Solus’ Marbling range. Exuding a sense of pure indulgence mirrored only in the most exclusive hotel lobbies, the stunning marble-effect tiles are the epitome of elegance, while their large format and light colouring lend the illusion of spaciousness.

The feeling of cohesion is enhanced through the application of sleek sections of Lustrous tiles on the walls, while unity is created through their presence in the lift carts and communal areas on each floor of the cavernous building.

Solus’ influence can also be seen in the bathrooms where the tiles can again be seen gracing the floor while the company’s Brundle tiles from the Ultra range adorn the walls. The concrete appearance and intriguing hexagonal shape of the latter perfectly embody the wider design concept, producing an aesthetic that is exquisitely voguish and unapologetically urban.

Giles Rochell photography
Giles Rochell photography
Giles Rochell photography

The Riverside Studio, which sits at the rear of the main office block, was also refreshed as part of the project, drawing inspiration from the city’s industrial past. Solus’ Brundle tiles were chosen to decorate the walls, while the floor was laid with rugged concrete-effect Gladbeck tiles from the Format collection.

Solus Area Sales Manager Claire Hulme said: “This was a high-octane project where time really was of the essence, so it was my pleasure to be able to source the right products, quickly. The team wanted to create a luxurious aesthetic that also paid homage to the proud industrial heritage of Leeds, a balance which was expertly achieved throughout the design, and which the opulent appearance of Lustrous, combined with the rugged visuals of Gladbeck and Brundle only served to enhance.”

Giles Rochell photography
Giles Rochell photography
Giles Rochell photography