The Art Collector Penthouse | Pitsou Kedem Architects


Design Office: Pitsou Kedem Architects

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Photographs: Amit Geron

Savion Residence | Neuman Hayner Architects

Description by Neuman Hayner Architects:

The house was planned for a family of four. Two cubes separated by a passage combine into an “L” shaped house. The front cube, of double height space, holds the public areas: entrance, living room, kitchen, dining room (all on the ground floor) and a study on the first floor. The passage, 4 meters wide, continues the patio, which is the center of the house, and separates the public wing and the private wing. The rear cube, (the private wing) has 3 floors: The ground floor holds a living room, two children rooms, a laundry room and a guests w.c. The 1st floor holds the master bedroom, and a bridge passage to the library (on the front cube). The basement is well lightened and ventilated by a large patio, and holds a guest’s room, a safe room, and a storage room.

The bridge “casts a shadow” on the ground floor, enhanced by a 120 cm wide concrete strip. The kitchen island aligns accordingly. The bridge is composed of white pine wood, and continues as a strip into the master bedroom and the adjacent open bathroom, with concrete flooring on both sides. The tree barks cover the front yard,  are also used in the passage and enhance the concrete strip. The swimming pool is covered by marblite and flows into a waterfall towards the bamboo trees. Dry bamboo is used as railings and outdoor walls. The house includes many hanged objects, like swings, as well as outdoor sittings and a bed in the children rooms.

Design Office: Neuman Hayner Architects

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Photographs: Amit Gosher

D-HOUSE | Pazgersh Architecture + Design

Design Office: Pazgersh Architecture + Design

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Photographs: Oded Smadar

Small Apartment in Tel Aviv | Maayan Zusman and Amir Navon


Design Office: Maayan Zusman, Amir Navon

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Urban Garden Apartment | BLV Design & Architecture

Design Office: BLV Design & Architecture

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Photographs: Amit Geron

Urban Apartment | Michal Schein

Design Office: Michal Schein

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Photographs: Elad Gonen

Hidden House | Dan and Hila Israelevitz Architects

Descriprion by Dan and Hila Israelevitz Architects:

A house of contradictions, between sealed and closed, to open to natural light and to the outside area.
Contradictions between colors and drama of volumes. All of these create interest in a house built on a relatively small plot.
A square plot, relatively small for the program’s requirements, has dictated the structure’s concept.
A ground floor with maximal openness and lightness, an accentuated interior-exterior connection, which enables enjoying the pool and the exterior seating areas which are connected to the structure. A well-lit and open ground floor.
The required privacy was achieved through a mysterious facade, with only clues of cracks of light breaking through it, and this is the front facade.
The facade is built of concrete beams and wood trellis.
Geometrically, the structure is very clean and the cube of the first floor hovers over the ground floor.
Our purpose to create drama between the two volumes – upper and lower – was intensified through the use of thinner support columns made of iron and not concrete, as well as painting the entire cube black.
The drama effect is prominent and creates interesting light games during day and night.
Another element that creates separation and drama between the floors, is building an all glass wall without any divisions throughout the entire ground floor, along the long edge parallel to the pool.
In order to correctly utilize the characteristics of the plot, the pool was planned along the living room and kitchen in the area of the “pathway”, which is not utilized, and so a seating area is preserved in the narrower side.
In order to intensify the interior-exterior connection, connect the two floors and create a house that is not alienating, a space was planned which goes outside and crosses the structure, from the entrance hall to the living space and along the stairs. This way, there is eye contact between the residents.
Three floors were planned: the entrance floor, as mentioned, was designed for the social interactions in the house, a dining room and a living room, when the kitchen constitutes an integral part.
The stairs to the parents unit and little child’s bedroom were attached to an external wall, and at the basement floor a screening room was planned which is comfortable and soundproof, and beside it the two living units of the older children.

Design Office: Dan and Hila Israelevitz Architects

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

NS Residence | Blatman Cohen Architects

Description by Blatman Cohen Architects :

The NS house location, relatively close to the sea, had a strong influence on its design. It was decided to place the house on the northern side of the lot for two reasons. Firstly, the north side is closer to the sea, so it will be possible have a view to the sea from the house second floor. Secondly, the residents, a family of five, had asked for a lawn facing south in order to have a pool on the southern side.

A direct connection between the interior and exterior and the ability to enjoy activities both inside and out, with all accompanying functions, were part of client requirement and were addressed in the design.

The house design blurs the distinction between interior and exterior, an important aspect of modern architecture, and maximizes the feeling of continuity and expansion of space. Ground floor, comprising a kitchen, service room, pantry, guest rest rooms, a dining area and living room, is open on both ends and creates an unobstructed view of both sides of the lawn. A pergola with wood beams that continue the entrance ceiling, a choice of identical floor wood tiles both for interior and exterior and a concrete wall that defines both the inside and outside living areas, further enhances the feeling of openness.

Upper, bedrooms floor is a wide box, supported by a bare concrete wall on one side and a wood paneled wall on the other, outlining and defining the entrance floor space. Designing of the construction for the house posted a special challenge to the engineers, which solved it by suspending the upper box structure from concrete beams like a bridge over the ground floor, eliminating any supports which might obstruct the continuity of space.

Relative distance from the street led to the decision to design the southern face of the upper cube without any openings, thus creating a strong contrast to the openness of the ground floor and also reducing heat accumulation in the staircase pier.

Part of the ground floor design is a free standing cube, containing a service room with exit to the yard, pantry and guest rest rooms. The structure is clad in cedar panels, further enhancing its separate character. Steel staircase leads to the upper, bedroom floor and is illuminated by soft, northern light reflected by the windowless south wall.

The open design concept of the house enabled a convenient division of functions between the yards. The front yard, comprising a swimming pool and open, well equipped kitchenette is used for hospitality and the back yard is designed as children playground. The house separates the two areas while still retaining a visual connection through the open ground floor.

A long pathway, made of uncut basalt slabs, leads from the southern side of the lot to the main entrance.

Choice of strong contrasting materials like dark stone, slate, black steel and wood, together with a use of minimal shapes, creates a dramatic yet warm atmosphere.

Design Office: Blatman Cohen Architects

Location: Netanya, Israel

Photographs: Amit Giron

Stone House | Henkin Shavit Architecture & Design

Description by Henkin Shavit Architecture & Design:

A residential private house for preservation that has been re-designed and planed anew in the old city of Safed. The web of crowded housing of old stone buildings in the old quarter of Safed is a complex context dictating a dialogue between the old and the new, between preservation and renewal and between the traditional and the trendy.

The house is an old stone building, built in the shape of the Hebrew letter “Chet” , surrounding and inner courtyard. In its original layout, it contains five levels: the wine cellar level, 3 residential levels and the upper level – balconies and outer spaces.

The planning concept included values of both preservation and renewal, while connecting between the inner and the outer and between the public and the private. The courtyard, which is an outer space, serves the function of a public space in the new house and the peripheral spaces function as the private spaces of the new house.

The Designers, Henkin Irit & Shavit Zohar started the projects with the complex stage of documentation and getting acquainted with the various formative and material aspects of the site after carrying out a comprehensive stage of exposing the site. Stone walls, arches, stone niches and impressive water well were all exposed at this stage. After this stage, the plan and the different sections were consolidated. The house has an impressive vertical section and a light steel and wood bridge connects the two masses adjacent to the public space. This bridge corresponds with an original flight of stairs, which dictates the vertical circulation.

“The design of the house presents the old via original lime-stones, arches, vaults and niches, while the new gets represented by materials such as concrete, mosaics, steel and tin threshing, as well as transparent and semi-transparent glass”, Henkin Shavit.

The house program includes a kitchen, salon and a dining corner on ground level. The cellar level contains storage place and a space for the landlords’ grandchildren to play in. The middle level contains a hosting unit + a toilet and a shower. In the upper level there is a sleeping and working area with attached bathroom and toilet. This space is made up of a bridge leading to the different two wings, which are also attached with balconies and outer spaces.

The upper level consists of a big balcony overlooking a magnificent view of the surroundings in general and Mt. Meron in particular.

Design Office: Henkin Shavit Architecture & Design

Location: Safed, Israel

Photographs: Asaf Pinchuk

Tel Aviv Flat | Chiara Ferrari Studio

Description by Chiara Ferrari Studio:

Drawing inspiration from the diverse architectural mix and rich history of Tel Aviv, Chiara Ferrari’s latest residential offering is a masterful renovation project that brings together contemporary design and elements from the location’s period character.

Situated within an existing 1924 Eclectic-style residential building in the coastal Israeli city, this project revolved around the refurbishment of a 116 m² (1250 ft²) flat. The flat faces the street on one side and the garden towards the rear. It was equally important to maintain some of the structure’s original identity.

Extensive research on Tel Aviv’s architectural resources inspired Ferrari to use local construction techniques and material, which she handpicked and customized. The chosen palette consists of concrete, white walls, and pale woods – ash and ply. This offers a neutral setting of whites and greys but at the same time, also a large variety of textures (from tile patterns to polished concrete and rougher timber surfaces). Splashes of vibrant color on carefully selected elements – such as a blue window in one of the bathrooms – create playful focal points. At the same time dark grey niches throughout the interior add depth. Certain fixtures and fittings – such as the window frames – are new, but created in line with their historical predecessors. Other elements, such as the internal doors, showcase a more contemporary, minimalist aesthetic.

The apartment includes a large open-plan entrance, living, dining and kitchen area, a master en-suite bedroom and two guest bedrooms, sharing a bathroom. The one guest bedroom is a striking duplex space, which the designer created to make the most of the flat’s near-4m (13ft) high ceiling and features a new beam that was added to support the loft area but was left exposed, revealing a hint towards the flat’s redesign and construction history.

Design Office: Chiara Ferrari Studio

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Photographs: Lior Avitan & Avital Peleg

Apartment in Tel Aviv | Iryna Dzhemesiuk

Design Office: Iryna Dzhemesiuk

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

House K | Auerbach Halevy Architects

Description by Auerbach Halevy Architects:

A unique modern house and which stands out in its countryside background. The house was designed without compromises, including clear requirements of its owners such as modern design, clean lines and an embracing feeling. Design addresses the requirements by using natural and opposed materials: concrete and wood. The house spreads over three floors, utilizing intermediate stories, for an office and for a family room. Furniture is carefully designed and manufactured materials and sizes that fit your home just like a suit tailored for his size . sense of privacy was maintained through the introduction of open landscape of fields inside. every corner and space in mind and are designed to adapt to the user , any point of view produces additional discovery and surprise.

Design Office: Auerbach Halevy Architects

Location: Israel

A house of an architect | Pitsou Kedem Architect

Description by Pitsou Kedem Architect:

The neighborhood where architect Pitsou Kedem designed a home for himself and his family wasestablished in the 1950’s by army veterans and can be characterized by buildings with low silhouettes andhorizontal lines set in a rich grove of eucalyptus trees. Kedem’s home was designed to blend in with the architectural characteristics of the other homes, all built using modern architectural values. The home combines elements such as a concrete ceiling and continuous windows and also uses materials in their original, raw state: exposed concrete, iron and uncolored wood and silicate bricks. Examples of the use of such materials can be found in the concrete ceiling that floats above the entrance floor with a continuous window along its entire length. This allows the ceiling to be separate from the structure’s walls and creates a feeling of etherealness in the buildings mass and the white painted, iron ramp that leads to the floating entrance lobby.The door is located in the center of the building at the cross section between the stairwell and it opens facing a fixed, frameless window.  Through the window, we see the eucalyptus trees that surround the plot. The stairwell is constructed from metal with a unique texture and with no covering materials. It divides the two floors into rectangles and is delimitated by two walls constructed from exposed blocks that support the ceiling. Light is provided from the skylight that runs its entire length, covered by wooden slats. Set into the walls are round windows of differing sizes that allow the light coming through the skylight to disperse within the space.The house was designed as two squares, set one on top of the other whilst exploiting the sloping plot. The lower level is located at the lower and front section of the plot while the upper level is located on the plot’s higher section, towards the road and whose low silhouette is hidden by evergreen Brachychiton trees. The restraint and scale that characterize the design express the balance created between the architect’s vision and the fact that the house, which is conceived as a family home, is designed around childhood memories of the architect’s wife’s kibbutz. Kedem sought to avoid the creation of gimmicks and to realize in the house’s design that elusive idea of “timeless architecture”.

The raw materials and the attempts to create a non-fashionable and timeless architecture compliment many books and works hanging in the homes of both young and old Israeli artists such as Tsvi Geva, Yadeed Rubin, Nurit Gur Lavi, Amir Shepht, Aram Gershoni, Yifat Betsalel and others.

The house’s furniture and light fixtures were also carefully chosen to complete the look and the atmosphere. They include sofas, carpets, tables and bookcases by leading designers such as Piero Lissoni, Patricia Urquiola, Dan Yafe and others and from leading companies including MDF italia, B&BItalia,Desalto, Living Divaniand GAN.

Design Office: Pitsou Kedem Architect

Location: Ramat Hasharon, Israel

Photographs: Amit Geron

House in “Rothschild 1” | Lev – Gargir Architects

Description by Lev – Gargir Architects:

This apartment is in one of the best residence towers in Tel-Aviv overlooking a breathtaking panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea, the picturesque rooftops of “Neve Tzedek” and old Jaffa. 2,000 sq. Ft.

Designed as a summer home for a Swiss family, the intention was to reflect a different styling than their home in Zurich.

A bright, well lit – but warm and inviting boutique vacation space was created.

Long clean lines lead from one room to the next – and onward to the view outside the curtain walls.

The interior design, furniture selection and fabric fittings were chosen to give an enveloping feeling of a familiar, cozy home setting with mix and match clusters in soft monochromatic surroundings.

Design Office: Lev – Gargir Architects

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Photographs : Itay Sikolski

A House in a Moshav | Rotem Guy

Description by Rotem Guy:

The original house was built in 1951 for a Jewish immigrant family from Libya. At first it was a tiny unit, typical of the houses built by the Jewish Agency in those years. Through the years, as the family grew, the house was enlarged. In the renovation process I preserved its central elements which represented it along the years and were an integral part of its form and content. Into those I weaved new content to accommodate it for its new lodgers – a cook and a designer. As the walls and the ceiling were exposed, a unique visual form was created which led to a clear deliberation as to the proceedings of building the house. The oldest part, which belonged to the first unit, contains the kitchen, dining area and bedroom. The room at the entrance, which was a later addition, is now singled out by a “carpet” of grey floor tiles. On the other end of the house which contains the living room, wooden roof beams belonging to the original house had been exposed and preserved, as well as the old book-shelves, which were an important core of the original house.

Design Office: Rotem Guy

Location: Israel

Photographs: Peled Studios

Penthouse in Tel Aviv | Charles Zana

Design Office: Charles Zana

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Photographs: Elad Sarig

STV House | Arstudio – Arnon Nir Architecture

Description by Arstudio – Arnon Nir Architecture:

The house is a row-house nested within the dense urban fabric of the city. The proportions of the plots and strict restrictions on neighborhood planning defined the positioning and proportions of the house.

Typologically speaking the house is a concrete box with a wood clad country house positioned on top, slightly shifted and cantilevered to the north façade. The shift enlarges the space of the northern bedrooms and provides shading for the ground floor. The vertical circulation is positioned at the core of the house, which divides the programs of the house.

The staircase, the houses core, is nested between two exposed-concrete walls, while the circulation wraps around the center of the house. The spaces on all floors are defined by the stairs; there is a glass gap at the landings which offers a view from the public to private spaces on the ground floor, therefore the rear garden is visible from the kitchen and family room. On the first floor the stairs divide between the childrens bedrooms and the master bedroom, providing privacy for all users of the house. The childrens rooms have double height ceilings and galleries which make use of the pitched roof.

The house incorporates three materials – wood, slate, and exposed-concrete. These materials repeat themselves throughout the house.

Design Office: Arstudio – Arnon Nir Architecture

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Photographs: Amit Geron

Kibbutz House | Henkin Shavit Architecture & Design

Description by Henkin Shavit Architecture & Design:

The project is planning a residential unit in a continuing generation neighborhood, planned as an extension to the kibbutz located in the northern part of the Israeli coastal strip adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea.

The semi-detached house was the chosen model out of a number of models presented to the customer. The selected model was not designed for a specific customer; it is trying to answer an anonymous architectural program.

The “Henkin Shavit” studio, headed by Irit Henkin and Zohar Shavit, conducted the planning and design of the project, with their vast experience managed in a relatively short period of time, to run this project with an emphasis on key elements in interior design. The project dealt with the issue of a makeover from an anonymous residential unit of 200 sq meters to a personal and specific residential unit that responds to the needs and loves of a young couple in transition for a small family.

The home owner who was born in the city of Nahariya and her husband, who was born and raised in the kibbutz, set a challenging architectural program which contains natural contemporary materials, large spacious spaces, especially stressed the need for a public space that will accommodate their many friends in comfort and fun.

The program chosen by the studio for downstairs is a living room and kitchen, adjacent to a front yard, a guest accommodation unit, office, guest bathroom and utility room. The master bedroom was placed in the second floor and adjacent to it is an open studio space towards the stair hall, which operates as a flexible space that can be altered in accordance with the future family needs.

The foyer is designed to be the largest space in the house and contains the kitchen, which was designed as a system containing a combination of storage element adjacent to a white painted wall, integrated in the surrounding walls. The work isle is stretched along the entire space and combines the dining area. The work triangle is formed by the sink, stove and a free standing oven all located at the working isle and between the built-in Subzero refrigerator in the high storage unit. Natural oak is the material chosen for the work isle and dining area, with drawer fronts designed with three-layered Goshen oak which allowed for some wood to be removed and locating black handles in that space. The wall facing the front garden contains 3 identical openings which combine a Belgian profile made of steel with black oil paint finish. These windows have been designed with minimum distributions in a method of only an external frame profile.

The main entrance door was designed from the same profile only that it was burned with acid, creating a natural look of rust. The home’s floor is cast in smoothed concrete with a light, natural shade, which was slotted in only a few divisions. The toilets and showers were designed in a classic look that combines mosaics, illustrated concrete tiles, glossy white ceramic walls and the sinks’ carpentry was planned from Goshen oak wood with lacquer finish and specially made brass handles were attached to it. The furniture surfaces in the wet areas and the kitchen are Caesar Stone, in a light shade and gray veins. The staircase was covered in 2 inch Goshen oak and the banister was designed from a clear glass unit.

The top floor was designed to preserve the building’s slope tiled roof structure. This slope ceiling was covered from the inside by male-female 33mm oak boards which were painted in shiny white finish.

The master bedroom is planned as a spacious loft and contains a sleeping area, wardrobe space, make-up unit, shower and toilet.

The materials in the house contain a combination of natural oak with gray and black shaded concrete, joined by black and rusty iron and sand sprinkled transparent glass. The colors contain a scale of black, gray, pale blue, white, joined by textures and finish ranging from shiny to mat and from smooth to the raw and rough. The house is scattered with artifacts and photographs, also, design elements and furniture from the best design brands.

Finally … the result in front of you – an “island” of design, beauty and personal taste in the texture of continuing generation in the Israeli kibbutz.

Design Office: Henkin Shavit Architecture & Design

Location: Lohamei HaGeta’ot, Israel.

Photographs: Yoav Gurin

Beam House | Uri Cohen Architects

Description by Uri Cohen Architects:

This home has been designed for a client who wished to build his home next to his farm. The design combines some of the utilitarian images of the agriculture buildings in that area with the fascination to the ‘beams’ construction of a ‘country home’.

The house is divided in three parallel strips: private, semi private and public. By doing so, the possibility exists to have the one (living) part with the (northern) light open to the yard and the view. The pirvate (southern) part is closed by concrete walls. Between the public and semi public spaces stands a thick wall which contains the utilities such as the air conditioning system, storage spaces, toilets, etc.

The beams of the roof rests on that ‘central concrete wall’ and candeliver to the living area. This keeps the northern glass façade free of columns. The area between the private and public area of the house becomes kind of a shaded ‘outside space’ which is also the entrance axis for the house.

Design Office: Uri Cohen Architects

Location: Arbel, Israel

Photographs: David Adika

Antokolsky Penthouse | Pitsou Kedem Architects

Design Office: Pitsou Kedem Architects

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Photographs: Amit Geron