Powerful exterior, interior residence in motion / Dorit Sela
Text description provided by the architects. Geometric architecture, sculpted spaces and the use of refined materials in sand, earth and stone tones imbue the house with a sense of calm and warmth. Neutral shades set the stage for a beautiful play of light and shadow. It took two months to develop the concept of the project. The irregular shape of the plot posed a challenge to the planning process, the plot is trapezoidal in shape, with a narrow front and a three times wider rear, after studding the plot deeply, we created sketches, and the optimal way forward was to create an abundant structure of folds that gradually open in a harmonious flow, without being obvious to the eye, The front facade is narrow and one-dimensional and unfolds as one advance along the property, to reveal additional space and dimension.
At its highest point, this mighty structure rises seven meters high and is covered by a geometrically shaped canopy that organically surrounds it and brings its various sections together. The durable wood-like material and stone clad facade continues inside and cements the bond created between the interior and the exterior design theme. The natural flow of the design continues inside the property, with an impressive carved staircase leading up to the bedroom level.
Like many other wonderful features of this property, the staircase is also the product of the desire to incorporate geometric and amorphous shapes. We wanted to create an enveloping, sexy, curvy and feminine element and to create this we used an iron construction that was welded and finished on site by a welding artist. It is the curves of the iron that create the rounded shapes and sculpted appearance of the feature. As with the walls, the staircase has been covered with a sand-colored mineral-cement render, with a natural concrete and stone look that blends beautifully with the different natural materials in the space, such as stone and wood. .
The same concrete used for the cladding is a dominant player in creating a minimalist Mediterranean vibe throughout the home. We have been meticulous in incorporating natural and natural looking materials throughout the ground floor, to support the design concept. Travertine stone, which served as flooring, electric wall covering in the living room and worktop, as well as blue stones and wild oak. Natural textures and neutral colors allow the architectural structure, lighting and natural light to take center stage – together they transform the space into a very powerful space without compromising the feeling of calm, cleanliness and sobriety
The ground floor contains the living room, a dining room and a kitchen, all of which overlook a manicured garden which can be seen, in all its glory, through large patio doors. The level also contains a guest suite, guest toilet and utility room. The rooms benefit from a double headroom which is characterized by neutral finishes giving it a serene appearance. A faux wood ceiling, using cement panels painted in a unique technique, adds to the natural look of the rooms.