Architect: The Ranch Mine
Site Size: 44,836 Square Feet
Project Size: 4545 Square Feet
Date of Completion: July 2021
Photographer: Dan Ryan Studio
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
When the architecture firm The Ranch Mine drove up to their new project site in the fall of 2018 they spotted perhaps the most iconic midcentury home in Phoenix across the street, a house designed by Al Beadle commonly known as White Gates which has sat vacant for decades. Knowing the history of this home, the architects knew immediately that they had the challenging task of creating a new neighbor that should honor the legacy of the midcentury modern icon while adding a distinctly new chapter to the story of this unique neighborhood. The house is named “White Dates,” a play on White Gates inspired by the Date palm trees found on the site, including one that is used to mark the entry of the home.
The layout of the house was driven by prioritizing the view of Camelback Mountain, placing the great room and primary suite in positions to make the most of it. The great room features floor to ceiling pocketing glass doors on both sides of the room, capturing the cool breezes that come up the mountain and opening out onto front and rear patios for seamless indoor outdoor living.
To honor the iconic midcentury neighbor, The Ranch Mine incorporated midcentury
modern design elements in the design in fresh, contemporary ways. The front patio is
perhaps the most clear midcentury connection, using breezeblock to screen the road and focus the view towards the mountain beyond.
The architects used breezeblock from a local company in a more grandiose scale than most midcentury applications. The exterior patios and walkways are flagstone and the entry of the house is highlighted by a singular date palm tree growing through a triangular aperture to the sky, referencing Albert Frey’s entry to Palm Springs City Hall. The architects then used the Date palm leaf as pattern inspiration throughout the home, such as the wood details behind the bar and the midcentury-like screen wall to the formal sitting area.
The interior palette is restrained to let the mountain and midcentury design elements come to the forefront, using concrete floors, plaster in the primary bath and shower and a combination of walnut, white oak, and matte black cabinetry.
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