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Mexico City-based firm Cherem Arquitectos have designed a truly unique home located on the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende, a city in Mexico’s central highlands. The 1,500-square-meter house draws inspiration from the traditional Mexican hacienda, featuring living areas positioned around courtyards.

The unique rammed-earth walls of Casa Candelaria have been made using soil that was excavated directly on-site, thus awarding the residence with natural pigments to the exterior. In addition, the soil aids in insulating the residence, as is essential with the significant drop in temperature most nights.

The house has been divided into four sections, all surrounding a central courtyard that boasts a concrete roof structure. The floors on the interior have then been constructed from parota wood, which was also used for the full-height window shutters.

To get a feel for Casa Candelaria by Cherem Arquitectos, scroll through the imagery above.

Also, follow up on a glimpse at the Mexican hacienda with a look at this jungle bungalow that literally puts you at one with nature.

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