There are a couple ways to approach a hot and humid climate: Either shut it out or embrace it fully. This house on Mexico’s western coast takes on both approaches and in the process creates a beautiful homage to the region’s balmy weather.
Mexican architecture firm Casas de Mexico (CDM) designed the house around a circular interior courtyard that’s filled with palm trees. According to Dezeen, the house sits on a former palm grove that was cleared to build the sprawling residence. What remains is a smaller but impeccably groomed yard landscaped with spindly palm trees, green grass, and a placid pool.
“We almost wanted that patio to feel like a chunk of the surrounding jungle had been taken from its original place and relocated in the inside of this home, with its palm trees reaching to the sky,” the studio told Dezeen.
CDM’s design merges the interior with the exterior through oversized doors that slide open to the courtyard and open-air corridors that connect different wings of the house. It’s a lovely effect that makes the house feel breezy and permeable despite being built from solid materials like brick, concrete, and limestone.