Kfar Shmaryahu's Private Residence

Kfar  Shmaryahu's private family residence, located in the urban environment does not reveal that it is a home from the outside building  The home resembles a mold or an artist’s canvas, an almost two dimensional frame within area's of various openings, enveloped with a dynamic system of wooden linear strips.  The planar distribution of the front facade creates a non-symmetrical composition, pulling towards the flanking faces in an attempt to suggest that this is in fact a three dimensional mass.  The arrangement of the objects openings are always fixed, and allows for one central and permanent composition. The ability to reverse the balanced composition into a dynamic one is made possible thanks to the design of a system of smart blinds that allows the blinds to be lifted upwards while they are folded into what resembles a roof.  All the rails and fixtures are hidden and so when the facade is closed the changing possibilities hidden in the residence’s facade are not apparent.  All the openings open separately allowing for different compositions.  For privacy and protection from the sun the relationship between the "object and the plane" can be changed.  Thus the firm of Architect Pitsou Kedem achieved a composition that is beautifully balanced, dynamic, haphazard, closed or open, within the same framework.  Movement through the house is accompanied by different views of the outside, some exposed and bare, some undisguised, and others framing a section of landscape especially designed for the house. This changeability and flexibility also allows control of the amount of sunlight and natural light entering through the openings and into the homes spaces. These spaces are characterized by a restrained use of materials and form so that the light penetrating the space, creating a sense of drama, movement and dynamism that seems to breathe life into the souls of the silent walls.

Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects
Location: Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel
Design Team: pitsou kedem, Irene Goldberg, Raz Melamed
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Amit Geron

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