Ranch House

Sprawled away—new site needed!

Phoenix, AZ

Our horse-owning client asked for a Texan-style farmhouse, complete with porch and squeaky-screen door.

The proposed house is made of layers of associations: a rammed earth ”ruin” of a solid territorial farmhouse gives way to elements drawn from the surrounding context, simple structures with galvanized metal roofs. The perimeter walls are energy-efficient insulating concrete forms (ICFs). At the east end of the house the evaporative cooler is articulated as a free-standing tower.

The project was abandoned when the completion of construction documents coincided with developer buying out and rezoning the surrounding lots into 1/8 acre plots.

Project Info

  • Design 1994
  • Size 2,500 sf
  • Legacy The Ranch House was our first collaboration, and what was important to us here persists as noroof‘s primary considerations— building connections to ordinary materials & everyday situations; the collecting of memory echos to our clients lives; inviting ghosts of significant architecture to connect to culture; and profiting from humor. Deployed together these tactics construct significance. Architecture which not only is sustainable but also sustaining is made by anchoring “what matters” to intelligent strategies of performance and practicality.