Tel-Aviv based studio, Pitsou Kedem Architects, have designed a luxury residence in Kfar Shmaryahu, Herzeliya, Israel. The residence is a simple yet highly refined family residence set in an urban environment as the architects achieved the creation of a city sanctuary; a dwelling which praises privacy, minimalism and comfort.
The house maintains high-level disclosure and intimacy from the outside. It features an -almost- two dimensional frame with several openings of diverse dimensions which are enveloped with a dynamic system of wooden, linear strips. Pitsou Kedem Architects have assembled a planar façade distribution; a non-symmetrical composition which pulls towards the flanking faces in an attempt to suggest that this is, in fact, a three dimensional mass.
The Kfar Shmaryahu residence is made out of a perpetual interchange between solid and void elemetns; a trade which regulates the levels of privacy and openness as well as light and darkness, and therefore it creates a rather ‘interactive’ home.
The balanced façade composition is reversed into a dynamic one by the design of a smart blinds system, as it allows the blinds to be lifted upwards whilst they are folded into what resembles a roof. All the blind rails and fixtures are hidden, enhancing the feeling of a homogenous and minimal aesthetic.
The openings transform the entire spatial perception of the house, since they open separately, allowing for numerous and exciting compositions.
The position of the blinds, which serve for both privacy and protection from the sun, can change the relationship between the object and the plane at any given time. The result is the formation of a façade composition, which is balanced yet dynamic and playful as it adjusts to the everyday needs of the residents.
These wide openings also present a set of exhilarating views from the inside, as the external natural setting penetrates the interior. The flexibility showcased by these continuous opening strips and the generous amount of sun light that is allowed inside, performs as a medium of change for the interior.
Interior spaces have been thoroughly designed in terms of materiality and their responsiveness to the sunlight.
The restrained use of materials, and forms found in the interior of the house, virtually come alive when are hit by the sunlight. White plastered walls are joined together with concrete and wooden elements; all subtle and elegant materials that strongly respond to the entering sunlight.
Internal spaces turn immediately into a set of dramatic, dynamic rooms revealing alternative dwelling atmospheres and experiences. Pitsou Kedem Architects used the strong sunlight as a tool to create spaces that are multifunctional and aesthetically stimulating.
Behind the interactive façade, the residence demonstrates a distinctive and straightforward spatial organization, where all common areas such as the living room, dining room and kitchen are located on the ground floor while the four bedrooms are on the 1rst floor.
Architecture: pitsou kedem architects http://www.pitsou.com/
Design team: Pitsou Kedem, Raz Melamed
Photographer: Amit Geron http://amitgeron.com/
Words: Ivi Vassilopoulou