Pitsou Kedem Architects / Kfar Shmaryahu House
Kfar Shmaryahu's private family residence, located in the urban environment does not reveal that it is a home from the outside building From the architect. The arrangement of objects in a given space or a defined format in order to give meaning to the placement and arrangement of the items, The result of the relationship between the object and the framework of the artistic creation. A private, family residence in an urban environment. From without, the building does not reveal that it is a home. It resembles a mold or an artist's canvas or an almost two dimensional frame within whose area various openings have been placed and which are enveloped with a dynamic system of wooden, linear strips.
The planar distribution of the "picture" or, in this case the front façade creates a non-symmetrical composition which pulls towards the flanking faces in an attempt to suggest that this is, in fact, a three dimensional mass. The arrangement of the objects (the openings) is 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 whilst they are folded into what resembles a roof. All the rails and fixtures are hidden and so, when the façade is closed the dynamic and changing possibilities hidden in the residence's façade are not apparent.
All the openings open separately and so allow for different compositions. At any given moment and for whatever reason (privacy, protection from the sun) the relationship between the object and the plane can be changed. Thus we can achieve a composition that is balanced, dynamic, haphazard, closed or open within the same framework.
Thus, in effect, the system of relationships between the street and the structure composed of changing, but two dimensional compositions on a framed and flat plane develops, for the user of the house's spaces, an open area that incorporates abstract or tangible images with volume.
The relationship between these same volumes (the walls, the stairs, the various partitions and the different elements in the house) and the space, create, through the structures changing façade and the dynamism of the blinds, changing compositions, sometimes controlled and sometimes random with a new and different experience being created each time for the user and those living in the home.
Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects
Location: Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel
Design Team: pitsou kedem, Irene Goldberg, Raz Melamed
Area: 600.0 sqm
Photographs: Amit Geron