Mexico City house is designed around its inner courtyards

Interiors and green spaces intertwine in this private brick residence designed by ASP Arquitectura Sergio Portillo.

A 16x50 metre plot next to a busy, noisy street, and the need to build a home with a private, quiet space: this contradictory situation gives rise to Casa Mika designed by ASP Arquitectura Sergio Portillo in Mexico City.

The building, on two levels, is completely introverted and has a number of courtyards, patios, terraces and open spaces directly connected with the interiors. The Mexican architect divided the residence into two blocks, clearly separating the shared and service areas from the private rooms. The two parts are joined on the first floor by a corridor, which also gives access to the various open spaces of the house.

The calm, warm mood of the house is also given by the materials used: simple juxtapositions of brick, wood, stone and cement dominate the spaces, which have natural, delicate tones. Casa Mika is an oasis of tranquillity in the frenzy of Mexico City.

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