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Splendid Mexican House Puts a Modern Twist on Courtyards

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Over in Mexico City, architect Andrés Stebelski proves that you can enjoy gorgeous outdoors views, even if you're practically living below ground. Hidden behind a severe 20-foot-high perimeter wall, the two-story glass-enclosed dwelling finds its rhythm by arranging interior volumes around four landscaped courtyards. This type of alternating floor plan, according to the designer, makes the space feel like one giant transparent chessboard. The 3,400-square-foot residence, which slots communal spaces like living and dining areas on the ground level and private sleeping quarters on the second floor, contains at least two utterly breathtaking moments: a show-stopping wall of books (which makes for an unusually breezy reading dungeon) and a vegetated rooftop terrace with serious Secret Garden vibes.