Historically Useful: Warm Climate Features
Wide, overhanging eaves form a two-story, wrap-around porch to shield the building from the sun, and provide shaded outdoor work and living space.
Large trees growing near the house provide shade during hot summer months, preventing exterior walls from being exposed to high temperatures.
Sheltered interior courtyard space like this provides much need shade during hot summer months when high temperatures make outdoor activities uncomfortable.
Thick adobe walls provide substantial thermal mass that slows passive heating and cooling. Rooms stay cool even on hot summer days and warm when heated in the cooler months.
Interior shutters like these are not only decorative, but can be closed to keep a room cool by reducing solar gain on hot days.