In San Miguel de Allende, a retired couple uncover serenity in a calm, contemporary weekend retreat.

Sliding glass doors provide a seamless connection between the interior and outdoor spaces. Green vegetation dots the courtyard, drawing the colors of nature inward.

Designed by Mexico City–based architects Pablo Perez Palacios, Casa La Quinta is a direct reaction to its surroundings and context. Sited in a densely packed neighborhood, the modern dwelling features private outdoor spaces for relaxation, while also displaying a strong sense of traditional Mexican character in a chic, sophisticated manner.

The courtyards are surrounded by cream colored walls and infilled with indigenous vegetation.

The courtyards are surrounded by cream colored walls and infilled with indigenous vegetation.

Photo: Rafael Gamo

In total, the residence includes three patios and an impressive indoor swimming pool. In conjunction with the muted tones and materials, the elements combine to create a serene place to enjoy the Mexican climate.  

The smallest of the three courtyards is accessible via stairs off the kitchen. Large glazing provides visibility from the main living space.

The smallest of the three courtyards is accessible via stairs off the kitchen. Large glazing provides visibility from the main living space.

Photo: Rafael Gamo

The 3,767-square-foot home is arranged around three separate courtyards, each detailed with a unique aesthetic, use, and program. 

The walls surrounding the courtyards, including those of neighboring properties, are all painted the same cream hue and appear to mimic the traditional stucco construction of the area. 

During the day, light and shadows create abstract forms along the facades of the courtyard, providing different perspectives as the sun passes over.

During the day, light and shadows create abstract forms along the facades of the courtyard, providing different perspectives as the sun passes over.

Photo: Rafael Gamo

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