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This Gorgeous Mexican Villa Is an Indoor-Outdoor Dream

We can't get enough of contemporary residential architecture in Mexico, and, blessedly, the country's designers keep churning out stellar modern homes with bits of inspiration in them—even for us dwellers in less tropical U.S. climes. In a southwestern enclave of Mexico City, the Jardin 58, designed by local studio DCPP, rises two stuccoed stories on a leafy plot. Like much of the Mexican capital's best contemporary architecture, the house takes full advantage of a moderate climate with spaces that blur indoors and out: The living room, for example, is separated from a courtyard lawn and outdoor terraces by a sliding glass door. In fact, most of the house's interior spaces—common areas and bedrooms—open onto outdoor ones. Guest accommodations occupy the upper level. A load-bearing steel-frame helps keep the interiors airy and column-free. We especially dig the creative use of windows to frame exterior views and allow light into the house's more narrow nooks. Skylights, clerestory windows, and more abound. We dig it!

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