When The Ranch Mine took on a project to build a modern dwelling in Phoenix, Arizona, it seemed as if the design challenges would leave them in the dust: they were working with an irregularly-shaped lot in the desert that was hemmed in by the Arizona Canal.
Instead of calling it quits, the team turned the vacant plot into a home that draws from the water and its history. Looking to the missions of southern Arizona for inspiration, they built courtyards for maximum privacy but installed large sliding doors to bring the outside in.
And as for the modern feel of the address? The Ranch Mine made corrugated metal, steel, and copper primary building materials to reflect the sun and water, and decided on a white-and-brown color palette that looks right at home with succulents and a rocky terrain. In the end, the firm created a stunning desert oasis that lives harmoniously with the arid landscape.