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Concrete Blocks Were Used To Create A Modern Facade For This New Home In The Desert

Concrete Blocks Were Used To Create A Modern Facade For This New Home In The Desert

Architecture firm The Ranch Mine was commissioned to design a house for a family in Phoenix, Arizona, that wanted to build a home on a vacant lot.

The lot had a mountain view but came with a concave property line that narrowed the allowable building depth in the middle of the long lot to just 20 feet, presenting an interesting design challenge.

Let’s take a look around…

The Facade

One of the key design elements of the home is the use of concrete blocks (cinder blocks), that have been used for a variety of areas, such as the facade. The concrete blocks are used for the walls of the house and the low fence surrounding a front porch.

Concrete blocks are used for the walls of this modern house, as well as the low fence that surrounds a front porch.

The Front Porch With Outdoor Fire

The semi-public front porch furnished with a fire pit and seating projects out from the front of the house to take advantage of the mountain views.

The semi-public front porch furnished with a fire pit and seating, projects out from the front of the house to take advantage of the mountain views.

The Front Door + Foyer

An oversized wood front door with a metal frame pivots to create an eye-catching entryway that opens to a foyer. A small garden is featured on both the exterior and interior of the home.

An oversized wood front door with a metal frame pivots to create an eye-catching entryway that opens to a foyer. A small garden is featured on both the exterior and interior of the home.
An oversized wood front door with a metal frame pivots to create an eye-catching entryway that opens to a foyer. A small garden is featured on both the exterior and interior of the home.

The Great Room

A hemlock-clad ceiling spans the great room, which involves the living room, kitchen, and dining room. The ceiling is tilted upwards to take in the views.

A hemlock clad ceiling spans this great room, which involves the living room, kitchen, and dining room. The ceiling is tilted upwards to take in the views.

The Dining Area + Kitchen

The open-plan dining room and kitchen include concrete flooring, a wood dining table, and a large kitchen with an expansive island with a raised section that acts as a bar.

The open plan dining room and kitchen of this modern home includes concrete flooring, a wood dining table, and a large kitchen with an expansive island with a raised section that acts as a bar.
The open plan dining room and kitchen of this modern home includes concrete flooring, a wood dining table, and a large kitchen with an expansive island with a raised section that acts as a bar.

The Pantry

The kitchen also includes a large walk-in pantry with dark blue minimalist cabinets, that provide plenty of storage room.

A large walk-in pantry with dark blue minimalist cabinets, that provide plenty of storage room.

The Sliding Opaque Doors

Pocketing glass doors of the great room open the interior space up to the rear covered patio that frames the same view to be enjoyed while living outdoors.

The sliding glass doors of this modern home are equipped with Gauzy, a light control glass nanotechnology that allows the glass to change from transparent to opaque for privacy and energy control.

The glass doors are equipped with Gauzy, a light control glass nanotechnology that allows the glass to change from transparent to opaque for privacy and energy control.

The sliding glass doors of this modern home are equipped with Gauzy, a light control glass nanotechnology that allows the glass to change from transparent to opaque for privacy and energy control.

The Covered Outdoor Patio

The rear covered patio can be accessed through 3 different pocketing glass doors, as well as a custom, modern take on a dutch door. The patio features a large sweeping tilted roof, known as “Big Top”, which is a nod to the idea that family life can often feel like a circus under one roof.

The patio includes a fireplace that is also used for cooking, built-in benches that flank the fireplace, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, a lounge area, and a customized screen with their family emblem.

This modern covered patio includes a fireplace that is also used for cooking, built-in benches that flank the fireplace, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, a lounge area, and a customized screen with their family emblem.
This modern covered patio includes a fireplace that is also used for cooking, built-in benches that flank the fireplace, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, a lounge area, and a customized screen with their family emblem.
This modern covered patio includes a fireplace that is also used for cooking, built-in benches that flank the fireplace, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, a lounge area, and a customized screen with their family emblem.

The Swimming Pool

The home and patio open up to the swimming pool and further outdoor space that’s furnished with sun loungers and benches.

This modern home and patio open up to the swimming pool and further outdoor space that's furnished with sun loungers and benches.

The Music Room

A detached 500 square foot music studio provides a place to play and record music, and there’s a hidden roof deck on top for views of the valley.

A detached 500 square foot music studio provides a place to play and record music, and there's a hidden roof deck on top for views of the valley.

The Primary Bedroom

Back inside the main house, we see the primary suite features a private outdoor patio and a luxurious en-suite bathroom.

This modern bathroom has concrete floors, white walls, and a door that opens to a private patio with a fireplace.

The Primary Bathroom + Outdoor Shower

The bathroom continues the indoor-outdoor theme of the house’s main living areas with a naturally lit shower and bathing area that opens out to an outdoor shower, screened from the nearby neighbor with a custom steel slatted wall. Glazed green wall tiles have been used to create a unique look for the bathroom.

A modern bathroom with a naturally lit shower and bathing area that opens out to an outdoor shower, screened from the nearby neighbor with a custom steel slatted wall. Glazed green wall tiles have been used to create a unique look for the bathroom.
A modern bathroom with a naturally lit shower and bathing area that opens out to an outdoor shower, screened from the nearby neighbor with a custom steel slatted wall. Glazed green wall tiles have been used to create a unique look for the bathroom.
A modern bathroom with a naturally lit shower and bathing area that opens out to an outdoor shower, screened from the nearby neighbor with a custom steel slatted wall. Glazed green wall tiles have been used to create a unique look for the bathroom.
A modern outdoor shower.

The Guest Bathroom

In a guest bathroom there’s a floating vanity with wood cabinet underneath, and a large black framed octagonal mirror that complements the black hexagonal tiles in the shower.

In this modern guest bathroom there's a floating vanity with wood cabinet underneath, and a large black framed octagonal mirror that complements the black hexagonal tiles in the shower.

Floor Plan And Elevations

The floor plan of a modern house that has a great room, a large covered outdoor patio, and a swimming pool.
The elevations of a modern house that uses concrete blocks in its construction.
Photographer: Roehner + Ryan | Architect: The Ranch Mine | Builder: Identity Construction

Wood Shingles Cover The Facade Of This Curvy Canadian House

Wood Shingles Cover The Facade Of This Curvy Canadian House

Photography by Robert Watson

Craig Race Architecture has designed a modern house in Toronto, Canada, that makes use of a previously forgotten space.

This is a historical photo of what the lot originally looked like..

Photography by Howard McDonald

The new house features a curved facade that’s covered in wood shingles, creating eye-catching curb appeal.


House Design Ideas - This curved house combines wood shingles and black accents for a modern appearance. #Shingles #ModernHouse #BlackWindowFrames #HouseDesignIdeas #CurbAppeal
Photography by Robert Watson

Stepping inside, and there’s an open dining room with a minimalist chandelier hanging above the dining table.


Dining Room Ideas - This open dining room has a minimalist chandelier hanging above the dining table, while a bar cart takes place in the corner. #DiningRoom #BarCart #DiningRoomIdeas
Photography by Robert Watson

The dining room is open to the kitchen, that’s defined by the use of a wood ceiling. A large kitchen island provides more counter space, additional storage, and a place for a couple of stools.


Kitchen Design Ideas - This modern kitchen is defined by the use of a wood ceiling. A large kitchen island provides more counter space, additional storage, and a place for a couple of stools. #KitchenDesignIdeas #WoodCeiling #ModernKitchen #KitchenIsland
Photography by Robert Watson

On the other side of the kitchen is the living room. Wood-lined, built-in bookshelves have been added to either side of the fireplace. Sconces highlight the top shelves, while blank space has been left above the fireplace for artwork.


Bookshelf Design Ideas - Wood-lined, built-in bookshelves have been added to either side of the fireplace. Sconces highlight the top shelves, while blank space has been left above the fireplace for artwork. #LivingRoom #BookshelfDesignIdeas #Fireplace
Photography by Robert Watson

Doors off the living room open up the rear of the house to the yard, that provides a view of the black-framed windows on the second floor.


Doors off the living room open up the rear of this modern house to the yard, that provides a view of the black-framed windows on the second floor. #BlackWindowFrames #Architecture #ModernHouse
Photography by Robert Watson

Back inside and upstairs, there’s a hallway that provides access to the master bedroom suite and the other bedrooms in the house.


This minimalist hallway has stairs that lead up to the bedrooms on either end. #Hallway #Stairs #InteriorDesign
Photography by Robert Watson

In the master bedroom, exposed wood beams draw the eye upwards to the height of the ceiling, making the room feel larger.


Bedroom Ideas - In the master bedroom, exposed wood beams draw the eye upwards to the height of the ceiling, making the room feel larger. #BedroomDesignIdeas #ExposedBeams #ModernBedroom
Photography by Robert Watson

In the master bathroom, a skylight adds natural light to the space, while a walk-in shower has a built-in shelf and is enclosed behind a glass door.


Bathroom Ideas - In this modern master bathroom, a skylight adds natural light to the space, while a walk-in shower has a built-in shelf and is enclosed behind a glass door. #BathroomIdeas #ModernBathroom
Photography by Robert Watson

In the guest bedroom, a curtain lines the wall, and additional wood beams are exposed.


In this modern guest bedroom, furnishings have been kept minimal and a curtain lines the wall, while wood beams have been left exposed. #BedroomDesign #BedroomIdeas
Photography by Robert Watson

In the guest bathroom, white subway tiles line the walls, while a shower curtain hangs from a track in the ceiling.


Bathroom Design Ideas - In this modern bathroom, white subway tiles line the walls, while a shower curtain hangs from a track in the ceiling. #BathroomIdeas #BathroomDesignIdeas #ShowerCurtain
Photography by Robert Watson

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House Design Ideas - This curved house combines wood shingles and black accents for a modern appearance. #Shingles #ModernHouse #BlackWindowFrames #HouseDesignIdeas

This Building’s New Dark Facade Is Made From 5000 Interlocking Bricks

This Building’s New Dark Facade Is Made From 5000 Interlocking Bricks

Photography by Gilbert McCarragher

Bureau de Change has recently completed a building in London that features an interlocking brick facade made from 5,000 blocks.

Built by boutique property developer HGG London, ‘The Interlock’ is a five-story mixed-use development that was designed to complement the neighboring architectural styles and brickwork.

A building in London features a dark interlocking brick facade made from 5,000 blocks. #InterlockingBrick #DarkFacade #BrickFacade #Architecture
Photography by Gilbert McCarragher

The architects mention, “Abandoning the traditional dimensions of London brick, a collection of 44 misshapen and seemingly un-stackable clay blocks were developed. The patterns visible across the surface are informed, in part, by the interactions between materials and structure. The bricks appear to lap up against glazing, swell and bow between floors and are inset frame-like to denote the building’s perimeter.”

By modelling the facade in 3D, each facet could be individually adjusted to meet structural and fabrication requirements without diluting the integrity of the surface form, and for passers-by, the bricks appear to morph and twist like cogs.


A building in London features a dark interlocking brick facade made from 5,000 blocks. #InterlockingBrick #DarkFacade #BrickFacade #Architecture
Photography by Gilbert McCarragher

Staffordshire Blue Clay, selected as a contrast to the areas existing brickwork, was set into 14 hand-crafted steel molds and fired in oxidation to create the matte blue finish. After firing, these 14 ‘parent’ bricks were divided to form the 30 ‘offspring’.

The construction of the 5,000 block landscape took place over three months, with the fabrication team using 1:1 printed templates that set out the number, typology, and location of each brick. When collated on-site, these 188 templates appeared like a construction manuscript, with each brick a different note to lay.


A building in London features a dark interlocking brick facade made from 5,000 blocks. #InterlockingBrick #DarkFacade #BrickFacade #Architecture
Photography by Gilbert McCarragher

The building is home to three new residential units and a café at street level with a gallery beneath. In the café, heavy-set mullions are halved and extruded from their frames to form ribbons that curve and fold over the ceiling in a style reminiscent of ornamental plasterwork.


In this café, heavy-set mullions are halved and extruded from their frames to form ribbons that curve and fold over the ceiling in a style reminiscent of ornamental plasterwork. #Architecture #InteriorDesign #CafeDesign
Photography by Gilbert McCarragher

The units within the building have been finished in a simple palette that includes terrazzo bathrooms, natural stone worktops, sprayed-timber kitchens, and oak floors.


The units within this building have been finished in a simple palette that includes terrazzo bathrooms, natural stone worktops, sprayed-timber kitchens, and oak floors. #OakFloors #BlackWindowFrames
Photography by Gilbert McCarragher

An Artistic Facade Gives This Small Japanese Hotel A Unique Personality

Himematsu Architecture has designed a hotel in Tokyo, Japan, that shows off an artistic and eye-catching facade.

The designers were inspired by the Hemp leaf, as it has a very strong growing force and rapid growth speed as seen in nature. By using the leaf pattern on the facade, the designers wish for the new hotel to have the same powerful growth as hemp does in nature.

Himematsu Architecture has designed a modern hotel in Tokyo, Japan, that shows off an artistic and eye-catching facade. #ModernHotelFacade #ArtisticFacade #HotelDesign #Architecture

The facade is made from 2mm thin aluminum panels with a hemp leaf pattern, that was created by a laser-cut technique. The aluminum panels were then attached to an aluminum frame, which was then welded to the steel structure of the building.

Lighting was installed behind the panels, showing off the design and providing the street with a soft glow at night time.

Himematsu Architecture has designed a modern hotel in Tokyo, Japan, that shows off an artistic and eye-catching facade. #ModernHotelFacade #ArtisticFacade #HotelDesign #Architecture
Architectural Design: Himematsu Architecture | Structural Design: Kume Structural Research & Development Office | Facility Design: C.H.C System | Constructor: O’hara Architectural and Construction

This New Bookstore Facade Depicts A Modern Mountain Range

Design firm Wutopia Lab has recently completed the renovation of the Hubei Foreign Language Bookstore in Wuhan, China.

The bookstore, which has been in business for more than 40 years, received a new mountain-inspired facade as part of the overall renovation project.

Layers of perforated aluminum plates in the shape of mountains were designed to create a background for the street trees and symbolize the new life of the Hubei Foreign Language Bookstore. #Architecture #FacadeDesign #BuildingDesign

Layers of perforated aluminum plates in the shape of mountains were designed to create a background for the street trees and symbolize the new life of the Hubei Foreign Language Bookstore.

Layers of perforated aluminum plates in the shape of mountains were designed to create a background for the street trees and symbolize the new life of the Hubei Foreign Language Bookstore. #Architecture #FacadeDesign #BuildingDesign

At night, lighting hidden behind the various layers of the facade highlight the lines of the mountains, and create a light art installation that can be enjoyed from the street.

Layers of perforated aluminum plates in the shape of mountains were designed to create a background for the street trees and symbolize the new life of the Hubei Foreign Language Bookstore. #Architecture #FacadeDesign #BuildingDesign
Design Firm: Wutopia Lab | Chief Architect: YU Ting, MIN Erni | Project Architect: LIN Chen | Project Manager: PU Shengrui | Design Team: LV Jie, WANG Lei, LU Liyuan, ZHU Jianming, FENG Yanyan, GU Yining (Internship) | Design Consultant: TOPOS DESIGN | Structural Design Consultant: ZHANG Zhun, CHEN Xuejian | Lighting Consultant: ZHANG Chenlu, CAI Mingjie | Branding Consultant: MIU Meng, YANG Jiaxin, WU Linghui, ZHOU Mutong | Photography: CreatAR Images

A Sweet Shop With A Curvaceous Brick Facade

A Sweet Shop With A Curvaceous Brick Facade

Architectural studio Saransh has designed the KBM Sweet Shop in Ahmedabad, India, that showcases a brick facade with softened edges.

The exterior of the building was inspired from the texture and shape of Indian sweets, with bricks becoming the ‘ingredient’.

Architectural studio Saransh has designed the KBM Sweet Shop in Ahmedabad, India, that showcases a brick facade with softened edges. #Brick #ModernArchitecture #BuildingDesign

The softened edges of the building help to create a playful facade, enabling it to stand out among an otherwise white and grey neighborhood.

Architectural studio Saransh has designed the KBM Sweet Shop in Ahmedabad, India, that showcases a brick facade with softened edges. #Brick #ModernArchitecture #BuildingDesign

The interior has been envisaged as a ‘gallery’ for sweets, intending to act as a neutral backdrop to an inventory that’s vibrant and colorful, allowing the products to stand out.

The interior of this candy store has been envisaged as a ‘gallery’ for sweets, intending to act as a neutral backdrop to an inventory that's vibrant and colorful, allowing the products to stand out. #RetailStore #StoreDesign #RetailDesign

This New South Korean Department Store Has A Gem-Like Facade

This New South Korean Department Store Has A Gem-Like Facade

Architecture firm OMA has recently completed the Galleria, a department store located in Gwanggyo, South Korea, that has a textured mosaic stone facade and multifaceted glass accents.

The Galleria department store has a textured mosaic stone facade with multifaceted glass accents that were inspired by the nature of the neighboring park. #DepartmentStore #Architecture #Windows #Facade #BuildingFacade

Appearing as a sculpted stone emerging from the ground, the store is a visual anchor in the city, and draws inspiration from the nature of the neighboring park. The protruding multifaceted glass accents contrast the opacity of the stone.

The Galleria department store has a textured mosaic stone facade with multifaceted glass accents that were inspired by the nature of the neighboring park. #DepartmentStore #Architecture #Windows #Facade #BuildingFacade

Through the glass, retail and cultural activities inside are revealed to the city’s passers-by, while visitors in the interior acquire new vantage points to experience Gwanggyo.

Multifaceted glass accents provide the shoppers within this department store a unique view of the city. #DepartmentStore #Architecture #Windows #Facade #BuildingFacade
Photography by Hong Sung Jun for OMA | Architect: OMA | Partner in Charge: Chris van Duijn | Associate: Ravi Kamisetti | Project leader: Patrizia Zobernig | Team – Concept phase: Mark Bavoso, Alan Lau, James Lee, Slobodan Radoman, Tianyu Su, John Thurtle | Schematic design: Mark Bavoso, James Lee, John Thurtle | Design development: Ikki Kondo, James Lee, Daan Ooievaar, Slobodan Radoman, John Thurtle | Interior Design: Nils Axen, Simon Bastien, Tommaso Bernabo, Minjung Cho, Felicia Gambino, Nicola Ho, Meng Huang, Zhenke Jin, Richard Leung, Ioana Pricop, Junsik Oh, Calvin Yue | COLLABORATORS – Executive Architect: Gansam | Contractor: Hanwha Engineering&Construction corp. | Facade Consultant: VS-A | Curtain wall consultant (smart node): Withworks

A Cross Pattern Covers This Facade Made From Precast Concrete

A Cross Pattern Covers This Facade Made From Precast Concrete

Architecture firm dmvA has designed the House of Lorraine, a multi-residential building in Mechelen, Belgium, that showcases a cross-pattern facade.

The cross-pattern facade of this modern buidling is made from pre-cast concrete and due to the design of the building, it's located between two other materials - white plaster and aluminum slats. #ModernArchitecture #ModernBuilding #PatternedFacade

The cross-pattern facade is made from pre-cast concrete.

The cross-pattern facade of this modern buidling is made from pre-cast concrete and due to the design of the building, it's located between two other materials - white plaster and aluminum slats. #ModernArchitecture #ModernBuilding #PatternedFacade

At night, the light from within the apartments highlights the pattern and helps to create a shadow effect.

At night, the light from within the apartments highlights the cross-pattern facade and helps to create a shadow effect. #Architecture #PatternedFacade #ModernBuilding

Inside the building, the cross pattern allows the natural light to travel through, but at the same time provides privacy from people passing by.

A cross pattern facade allows the natural light to travel through, but at the same time provides privacy from people passing by. #Architecture #Windows #PatternedFacade
Photography: Sergio Pirrone | Architect: dmvA | Lead architects: David Driesen, Tom Verschueren, Gert-Jan Schulte, Emilie Dorekens | General contractor: Van Poppel | Structural engineer: Util | Safety coordination: Macobo

This Coffee Shop’s Curved Glass Facade Makes The Interior Completely Visible From The Street

This Coffee Shop’s Curved Glass Facade Makes The Interior Completely Visible From The Street

B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio has transformed a small 538 square foot (50 sqm) retail space into a modern and bright coffee shop in Shanghai, that features a curved glass facade.

This is what the space looked like before…

BEFORE PHOTO - B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio has recently transformed a small 538 square foot (50 sqm) retail space into a modern and bright coffee shop in Shanghai, that features a curved glass facade. #ModernCoffeeShop #ModernCafe #CoffeeShop #Architecture #CafeDesign #CurvedGlass

The designers of % Arabica chose to leave the space completely open by creating a small courtyard around a U-shaped glass box, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor areas.

Due to the variety in weather throughout the year, the different areas of the coffee shop, including the outdoor space, feature an air conditioning system, enabling customers a comfortable place to sit even on a hot day.

B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio has recently transformed a small 538 square foot (50 sqm) retail space into a modern and bright coffee shop in Shanghai, that features a curved glass facade. #ModernCoffeeShop #ModernCafe #CoffeeShop #Architecture #CafeDesign #CurvedGlass

The curved glass door openings on both sides of the coffee shop allows customers to order and then move through to the other side, where they can pick up their coffee and sit on the partially covered benches outside.

The curved glass door openings on both sides of this modern coffee shop allows customers to order and then move through to the other side, where they can pick up their coffee and sit on the partially covered benches outside. #CoffeeShop #ModernCoffeeShop #ModernCafe #CurvedGlass #RetailDesign

A small garden has also been included and is located on both sides of the curved glass, appearing as though it’s one larger garden. It also has the added benefit of adding a small green space to the sidewalk.

A small garden has also been included in this modern coffee shop design, and is located on both sides of the curved glass facade, appearing as though it's one larger garden. It also has the added benefit of adding a small green space to the sidewalk. #CoffeeShop #Garden #Landscaping
Photography by Eiichi Kano | Architect: B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio | Design team: Shuhei Aoyama, Yoko Fujii, Lingzi Liu, Yixin Yang, Masaya Kawashima

An Exterior Of Horizontal Wood Poles Creates A Unique Facade For This Hotel

An Exterior Of Horizontal Wood Poles Creates A Unique Facade For This Hotel

noa* network of architecture designed the renovation and extension of Valentinerhof, a hotel in Italy, that showcases an exterior of horizontal wood poles.

The rows of wood poles have been threaded through vertical supports, and surround the solid walls of the hotel, creating a look inspired by local farmhouses.

Rows of wood poles have been threaded through vertical supports, and surround the solid walls of this modern hotel, creating a look reminiscent of local farmhouses. #HotelDesign #WoodExterior #LogWood #WoodFacade #Architecture

The spaces between the wood poles allow daylight to filter through into the rooms and balconies.

Rows of wood poles have been threaded through vertical supports, and surround the solid walls of this modern hotel, creating a look reminiscent of local farmhouses. #HotelDesign #WoodExterior #LogWood #WoodFacade #Architecture

From the road side, where the entrance is located, you can see the walls of the building through the irregular cutouts in the wood poles.

Rows of wood poles have been threaded through vertical supports, and surround the solid walls of this modern hotel, creating a look reminiscent of local farmhouses. #HotelDesign #WoodExterior #LogWood #WoodFacade #Architecture
Photography by Alex Filz