There’s something delightful about homes that incorporate materials harvested on site. At Entre Pinos—a complex of five weekend homes nestled in the forest near Valle de Bravo, Mexico—the pinkish earth excavated for the homes’ foundations was incorporated into a render covering the brick exterior.
"All the walls are covered with it,” explain the architects at Mexico City-based Taller Hector Barroso. “Therefore architecture emerges from the place." The brick and timber used in the homes were also acquired locally, further contributing to its sense of place.
The five homes are arranged in a formation that follows the gradual slope of the site’s topography. Each abode is identical in its layout and design, but placed at a different angle in relationship to a central landscaped courtyard—showing off the exposed undersides of staircases or full-height windows and doors leading to the open living spaces within.
The ground floor includes a kitchen, living room, dining room, and bedroom. All are made with the same materials palette of rendered brick, natural timber beams and cabinetry, and stone flooring. The second floor contains four bedrooms. It’s all quite lovely.