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Southwest Modern Townhome Development in Phoenix, Arizona by The Ranch Mine

 
October 27th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: The Ranch Mine 

In many ways, “Uptown Row” is a development between two worlds. The site is situated less than 500 feet away from a light rail station in Uptown Phoenix, between a heavy commercial thoroughfare and historic residential district. Its typology straddles the line between a single-family home and multi-family complex. It is part of a city that relies on the automobile but is actively shifting towards public transportation. This 10-unit greyfield development designed by young Phoenix based architecture firm The Ranch Mine and built and developed by Boxwell Southwest finds harmony in a diverse neighborhood, stitching together disparate elements in a refined, modern complex.

front side, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

front side, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

  • Architects: The Ranch Mine 
  • Project: Southwest Modern Townhome Development
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • Photography: Jason Roehner
  • Architect of Record: E Project
  • General Contractor: Boxwell Southwest
  • Site Size: 0.71 Acres
  • Project Size: 10 units totaling 17,332 Square Feet
  • Date of Completion: October 2016

front, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

front, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

The design intent of this development was to create a pedestrian friendly single-family area in a largely automobile centric city.  The site plan breaks down into two identical, mirrored buildings, roughly the same size as the commercial buildings to the west and south. Each building contains 5 townhomes that break down the overall mass into widths roughly the same size of the historic homes to its east, providing a residential scale familiar to the neighborhood. Each of these units are accessed via pedestrian walkways amid desert plantings and a spaced block wall that provides casual opportunities for socializing with neighbors.

night front side, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

night front side, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

night walkway, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

night walkway, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

Specific attention was paid to the placement of windows and rooms, providing consistent “eyes on the street”. The front units have ground floor offices with separate entrances from the home for the increasing number of people who have home businesses.  Custom cor-ten steel window boxes poke out from the standing seam metal skin to provide additional shade for these front facing windows. All of the units have 10 foot ceilings and large sliding glass doors that open up the inside to private courtyards, making the spaces live larger than their footprint.

walkway, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

walkway, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

window boxes, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

window boxes, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

There are 3 primary exterior materials in the development, rusted steel, adobe inspired face brick, and stucco. The rusted metal takes it cue from the heavy industrial feel to the west and south of the property, and clads the front of the structure as well as the drive court. The tallest part of the structure is clad in face brick that evokes the 90 year old adobe house that book ends the opposite corner of the street, and is the oldest house on the block. The stucco and offset concrete block site walls bring in the most common materials in the neighborhood.

entry, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

entry, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

kitchen, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

kitchen, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

The 3 story, stacked floor plans break down into living on the first floor, bedrooms on the second floor, and a flex space on the third floor. This flex space features a wet bar and opens out onto a trex covered roof deck with a built-in grill, creating an ideal indoor/outdoor entertaining space that takes in amazing views of the city, mountains, and desert sky beyond.

living to courtyard, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

living to courtyard, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

loft, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

loft, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

night roof deck, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

night roof deck, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

open living, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

open living, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

roof deck, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

roof deck, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

master bath, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

master bath, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

main bath, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

main bath, Image Courtesy © Jason Roehner

before and after, Image Courtesy © The Ranch Mine

before and after, Image Courtesy © The Ranch Mine

before, Image Courtesy © The Ranch Mine

before, Image Courtesy © The Ranch Mine

larger unit plans, Image Courtesy © The Ranch Mine

larger unit plans, Image Courtesy © The Ranch Mine

smaller unit plans, Image Courtesy © The Ranch Mine

smaller unit plans, Image Courtesy © The Ranch Mine

surrounding land use, Image Courtesy © The Ranch Mine

surrounding land use, Image Courtesy © The Ranch Mine

uptown site plan, Image Courtesy © The Ranch Mine

uptown site plan, Image Courtesy © The Ranch Mine

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