Valla de Bravo

In the middle of the forest in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, five terracotta-coloured homes emerge from the earth. Entre Pinos housing, designed by Mexico City-based architects Taller Hector Barosso, is an ode to its natural surroundings, celebrating simplicity of materials and form. 

In addition to being surrounded by pine trees and mountains, the five houses together generate a central patio and garden, creating silence and privacy. The architects say the buildings grant views, silence and intimacy, while also acting as an extension of the nature itself. All the materials are from the region; brick, wood and stone — even the soil is from the actual building site — giving an impression of the houses emerging from the ground.