Your courtyard home in Mexico... First off, here is the disposition of your future home - it's in San Miguel de Allende, about 150 miles north of Mexico City. San Miguel is a beautiful Colonial town, with the usual vibrant Mexican life force. You own an empty lot, with good solar access, and about ten feet of grade, going down front to back. The neighborhood isn't too hectic, but, enough that you want respite from its energy.
Our home can put us in relationship with its place, yet, often, our home is a refuge from the world around it (in a hectic, noisy city). This applies to your home, yet, you do want to root into the earth and open to the sky and sun. In rooting into the earth, you’re really wanting a sacred, archetypal Eden: something actually removed from your place. In relating to the sun, for half the year you want to avoid it (but not its light). Homes are as complex as we are, wanting something and then not! And the sky is always there, full of as many moods as we can muster...
Noise. The simplest way to transcend the noise is a waterfall, which can link your upper and lower garden terraces.
You desire an object tree in your linked garden terraces. This won't quite be nature - more art - and you can consider the tree partially as a sundial, as it’ll be on the south side of your home. This solar-informational shadow (aka, tree) can also meet a wall of your home, casting an every-changing shadow… again, art. And you can occupy the shadow-space - you can be in the shadow dialogue between source and receiver, always a sublime space.
Our home can put us in relationship with its place, yet, often, our home is a refuge from the world around it.
You want your home to have a modern zen feeling, again, to provide repose amidst the swirling town - expanding horizontal spaces; blurred edges between inside and outside, material changes to imply discrete space, or provide intimacy; just enough walls/surfaces to create places; large glass surfaces, contrasting with textural/material patterning, giving just enough vibrancy; a series of ground planes and materials, non primary (no terra firma).
You're fascinated by a mechanisms, such as large cranks to open large expanses of walls. I caution you not to go too far with this, making your home too masculine/yang (and complicated… dare i say it, Less is More, and, Know When to Say No). You can provide complimentary feminine/yin energy with soft walls/forms (again, not too much).