The Ranch Mine modern courtyard home in Arizona
American studio The Ranch Mine has completed a residence in Phoenix that features a mix of gabled and flat volumes wrapped in corrugated metal, white stucco and honey-toned wood.
The Pleats house is located near the Dreamy Draw Mountain Preserve, just north of Uptown Phoenix. The clients – proud owners of two rescue dogs – purchased the property over a decade ago, drawn by the natural topography and open space.
The site had an existing house dating to 1952, which the clients planned to renovate or replace once they found the right architect.
The team conceived a U-shaped dwelling that is organised around a central courtyard with a swimming pool. The foundation of the original home was retained, but the rest of the structure was demolished.
The three volumes that make up the 1,850-square-foot (172-square-metre) residence each have a distinct shape and function. One has a tall, pointy roof and encompasses the public zone. Adjoining this volume is a long, low bar that contains the bedrooms.
The third component – a garage and workshop – also has a gabled roof. Located in the back of the property, this area is accessed via a gravel driveway that runs alongside the house. Facades are wrapped in a mix of hemlock wood, dark metal and white stucco. For the exterior aesthetic, the team took cues from the saguaro cactus, which is native to the region.
The interior provides shelter from the intense desert sun, while still offering views of the mountains and a connection to the landscape.
In both the public and private areas, sliding glass doors open directly into the central courtyard, allowing for indoor-outdoor living. A large patio is covered with a perforated steel canopy that provides ample shade.
Decor and finishes draw upon multiple sources, including mid-century modern design and sleek hardware from Germany and Italy. The clients also requested the integration of industrial-style materials, such as concrete and stainless steel.
This feature was originally published in dezeen.com.