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.pitsou.com) Architect in charge: Raz Melamed Lighting design: Orly Avron Alkabes Styling for photography: Eti Buskila Photography: Amit Geron