From the outside, Esrawe Studio’s Casa Sierra Fría seems impenetrable and solid. Its monolithic brick form not exactly welcoming outsiders with open arms. However, upon entering, spaces unfold with a softer tone – a series of continuously flowing, light-filled rooms. The brick façade pushes the outside world away, creating an introspective oasis for family life within its walls. The 576 square metre home in Mexico City becomes the intimate living space for a family of four, providing privacy as well as connection. Two large volumes joined by a shared hallway, wrap around a central courtyard. An area that becomes the heart of the home, it’s foliage bleeding into all rooms and common spaces. The sunken patio is lined with paved stone and beds of lush greenery. Plants coat the ground, climb up walls, and reach for the sky. All of a sudden occupants are thrust into a different world – the buzz of contemporary life dulled by the soft rustling of leaves.