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pre­cisely the ar­chi­tect’s in­ten­tion. Built with raw ma­te­ri­als such as con­crete, iron, steel, glass and cedar, and de­signed with clean lines in mind, the home is ul­tra­con­tem­po­rary – but it also man­ages to be re­laxed and very live­able. there are invit­ing public spa­ces for the fam­ily to gather, but also se­cluded pri­vate ar­eas that give fam­ily mem­bers their own space when needed.

the ground floor, which can open com­pletely to the en­closed back gar­den and pool via walls of glass doors (per­fect dur­ing the warm days of an is­raeli sum­mer), con­tains a vast liv­ing area, spa­cious kitchen and din­ing area, and a lux­u­ri­ous mas­ter suite. the kitchen may be an ex­er­cise in min­i­mal­ism, but with its wall of floor-to-ceil­ing stor­age cup­boards fac­ing the ex­pan­sive is­land bench, it man­ages to also be prac­ti­cal for fam­ily liv­ing.

a 12-seat din­ing ta­ble next to the kitchen sits op­po­site a sim­i­lar set-up out­side, mak­ing it easy for the own­ers to en­ter­tain a crowd: with the glass doors open, the area be­comes one big in­door/out­door zone. “the public spa­ces of the home – the din­ing room, kitchen, liv­ing room, gar­den and dec­o­ra­tive pool – have their in­ner and outer bound­aries en­tirely blurred,” Ke­dem says.

a bed­room and en­suite for each of the four chil­dren fill the up­per level, while the base­ment con­tains two guest bed­rooms, a study, gym, laun­dry and an ad­di­tional liv­ing area. a no­table ab­sence of clut­ter – achiev­able with the help of ex­ten­sive stor­age ar­eas se­creted through­out the house – en­hances the home’s min­i­mal­ist ap­peal.

the se­cret, Ke­dem says, to a suc­cess­ful dec­o­rat­ing scheme is “to cre­ate one strong and con­sis­tent de­sign lan­guage”, and that’s cer­tainly the case with this house. punc­tu­a­tions of black ground a sea of calm­ing white and grey, and the cedar screen that’s as vis­i­ble from in­side as it is from the street adds warmth. it is, quite sim­ply, a mas­ter­piece. Ini­tial de­sign and plan­ning: Irene Gold­berg, Pit­sou Ke­dem (www.pit­ Ar­chi­tect in charge: Raz Me­lamed Light­ing de­sign: Orly Avron Alk­abes Styling for pho­tog­ra­phy: Eti Buskila Pho­tog­ra­phy: Amit Geron

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