Ramat Hasharon, Israel (2015)
private house, completed
This house sits on the land in an L-shape and speaks in a language of layers. First we opened up the house completely and then we started covering it with layers, like fine fabrics, layers of lace. It allows us to create a precious world inside. We work with trees, perforated screens and curtains. Where the light meets the interior, we see a game of projection and reflection; on the wooden floors, the walls, the ceiling, the concrete.
At night the house turns into a glowing lantern that marks where this family lives. It influences the atmosphere in the garden and in a larger scale impacts the quality of the urban space. These clients care about good aesthetics, good style and are aware of the responsible position of this house on the corner of two streets.
Also the floors come in layers. Sometimes it is not clear which floor is ground floor. On one corner of the plot ground floor touches the land. On the opposite corner it is the basement that does so. It is into the same corner that visitors first arrive and get to see where both worlds meet. The upper floor is like a weighty box that rests on a glass cube. It encloses the children’s domain and the parents suite. It provides a fitting world of intimacy, security and privacy.
Also in the design of the garden we see layers. Some trees rise up from the basement, some from ground floor. The garden is composed from different level of heights. And it brings depth to the house.