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Modern minimalist house provides refreshing oasis in the Arizona desert

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This modern minimalist house, the vision of The Ranch Mine in collaboration with Boxwell Homes is located on a 2-acre site in North Phoenix, Arizona. The 4,090-square-foot house encircles a central courtyard, forming it’s “O” shape. Intricate details can be found throughout, including slat-walnut paneling, polished concrete floors, and expansive glazing sourced from Western Windows.

‘O-asis’ is a brand new home designed with solar panels on its roof form — 15.12 kW Tesla solar system. The concept was to “integrate modern life with the timeless beauty of music, sunlight, and desert flora and fauna,” states the architects. Sunken low into the desert, this home is just 12.5 feet tall, surrounded by a rusted steel rattlesnake fence.

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Above: The exterior facade features a smooth white stucco finish and recessed ipe wood niches. A Cor-Ten steel slat fencing is fitted with a rattlesnake guard.

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What We Love: This modern minimalist house was designed to move away from what defines a typical luxury home, opting instead to focus on modern luxuries such as energy independence, low-maintenance, indoor-outdoor living, growing your own food, peace, tranquility, multigenerational living, and a connection with nature. Overall, this home provides a spectacular oasis in the desert for multi-generational living.

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall design of this home? Would you put solar panels on your roof? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at another amazing home tour that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, The Ranch Mine: Striking dwelling inspired by the missions in southern Arizona.

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At the heart of this home is a spacious courtyard that filters in indirect natural light, fresh air, and unique plants. Pocketing glass doors on either side of the main living space provides cross-ventilation through the house while transforming the main living areas of the house into a covered open air space in seconds. Above: The black light fixture in the entryway is from Restoration Hardware.

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Above: The center courtyard helps passively cool the house. The dimensions of this space is 18′ by 58′.

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Above: In the living room, the blue sofas were sourced from Feathers Fine Furnishings in Scottsdale, AZ.

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The strong horizontal form of this dwelling is used to highlight the dramatic shapes of the rugged desert landscape. Breaking out from the O-shaped plan of this structure, the swimming pool draws your eye outwards, toward the desert landscape and rugged mountain views to the South. A built-in fire pit bench frames the opposing edge of the swimming pool.

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Above: A yoga studio was designed for the owner’s mother, a yoga instructor. Through expansive glazing, this meditative sanctuary captures vistas of the desert landscape. The rest of this dwelling uses concrete for flooring, however this space was outfitted with cork — providing a superior non-slip grip. A floor-to-ceiling wall of custom walnut cabinetry helps to keep clutter at bay.

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Above: In the master walk-in closet, the walls are clad in Black walnut.

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Above: A spa-like master bathroom features a limestone-clad steam shower. An eye-catching walnut slat wall hides storage cubbies for towels.

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Above: On the north-east side of this dwelling is an 860 square foot in-law suite for the couple’s parents. The image above is their private patio with a deep overhang to shelter from the sun.

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Above: To saves costs, the in-law suite shares two walls with the main house. The space has its own private entry, patio, full kitchen, living area, en-suite bedroom and a laundry room.

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Photos: Roehner + Ryan

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