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Modern brick home surrounds a lush courtyard

Of course, the house has plenty of glass walls for embracing the greenery

Courtyard of house surrounded by brick and glass home. César Béjar

From the outside, the Sierra Fría House in Mexico City stands strong with a monolithic facade built from long and skinny bricks. But on inside, walls of glass open the home up to a vibrant, lush courtyard.

Mexican architecture firm Esrawe designed the house for a family of four to encourage interaction, despite the home’s sprawling 6,200-square-feet footprint. The home comprises a series of rectangular volumes that house four bedrooms, a living room, dining room, studio, kitchen, outdoor patio, wine cellar, and rooftop terrace, all flowing together into a horseshoe shape.

The interiors are warm and minimal, showing off built-in timber furniture like bookshelves and a gorgeous floating staircase.

In a house of this size, it would be easy to feel disconnected, but the garden-facing floor-to-ceiling windows allows ample sight lines from one part of the house to another.

Floating timber staircase leading to upstairs. César Béjar
Room with pale wood floors and large windows. César Béjar
Study with light wood table and a glass wall to the right. César Béjar