private home in the city

private home in the city

A private home in the center of Tel Aviv is by nature a planning challenge that requires navigation between contrasting conditions. While the private aspires to isolation, uniqueness and separation, the urban tends to blend in, thus requiring stylistic moderation and social interaction.

Built of small and narrow streets, the neighborhood is made of terrace houses with only two light orientations (north/south), and, in the background, an anachronistic master plan that still dictates tiled roofs in a modernistic city that negates them categorically.

In this context, the street façade lines have been rigorously preserved, while the windows were allocated according to the trees in the adjacent boulevard.

The owners’ special needs, taste and aspirations are expressed within the home - especially through space division that makes proper use of the ratio between the rooms, and between them and the plot. Thus, for instance, the ceiling heights clearly distinguish between the public and the private. While the high, well-lit living quarters grant the sense of an open space, the sleeping rooms with the sloped wooden ceilings give a sense of intimacy. Details extend from the inside out making a proper connection between the building and the plot; built-in furniture reduces the need for mobile ones; light-slits combine artificial and natural light, ensuring a smooth transition between day and night, while rendering the monochromatic structure a large degree of dynamics; a steel bridge divides the master-bedroom from the children’s rooms, and the two studies in the basement receive natural light from an English yard.

The building materials - concrete, stone, wood, glass and pigmented plaster - express a meticulous minimalist design, reinforcing the functional division.

Yael Braverman Architecture & Environmental Design.

Ami Ran

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