Rhythms and Rituals



            Not behind every house there is a grand design. However, when it comes to planning rural houses in open areas, architects have the freedom to design in a way that meets the occupants needs while enhancing the surroundings. It presents an opportunity to design a building with give and take, that is also faithful to its designated purpose within the given context.


            That said, a properly designed house must also reflect the individual lifestyle of its owners: the habits that over time evolve into a familys unique rituals.


            The most notable feature of the house presented here is its demonstrated sense of rhythm. The house is constructed of two wings separated by the entrance hall. The left wing, serving the family needs, begins with a curved supporting wall which rises, then gradually dissolves through an arcade towards the garden at the rear. At the heart of the exclusive extension lies the master bedroom with its private bathroom that opens – visually only – on to an enclosed courtyard.


            In the second wing, the public areas blend with the landscaped garden which is crowned by the swimming pool. This wing, which also begins in the entrance hall, encompasses the family room, a formal dining area, and the kitchen – each of which opens naturally onto the garden. By siting this transparent house at a distance from the street, there is no need to enclose the outdoor areas, and their impact is immediately visible from the main entrance.


Architects: Stav Architects – Daniel Azerrad, Iftach Issacharov, Itai Shmutter, in participation of Tamar Basal Lo-Cicero,

Pazit Shmutter, Debora Schreiber, and Yosi Suser.




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