Daylit retreat in Mexico fits perfectly into the surrounding walnut groves

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A walnut garden and coffee plantations surround this retreat in Amacueca, México. CoA arquitectura and Departamento de Arquitectura designed Casa Amacueca using primarily stone and timber, creating a serene retreat that fits perfectly into the natural setting.

The layout of the house radiates from the central courtyard which allows more natural light to penetrate the interior. Slender timber columns frame a beautiful walkway that offers a visual connection between the living spaces and nature.

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American women and their dogs rescued after surviving five months at sea in shark-infested waters

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