House 1 – Herzeliya

Location: Herzeliya B, Israel

Land: 285 sqm

Structure: 320 sqm

Design: 2005-2007

Progrma: Private house

This semi-detached house has a common wall shared with its neighbors and is composed of two main masses. The first mass, in the forefront of the plot, closest to the street, is thus intended to be more sealed in order to achieve privacy. The second one is built as a floating cube suspended above the ground floor living room and swimming pool. This suspended cube is disconnected from the surrounding house walls and ceiling in order to achieve a feeling of lightness. This cube, which hosts the master bedroom, on the first floor, is connected by a bridge over the open space to the children’s rooms on that floor. Between the two main masses is the center of the house is an open space and a staircase made from exposed concrete. The basement has a separate entrance for it to be used as an independent office or apartment, planned as a separate units. The rooftop floor has been designed to function as a unit separate from the house, accessed independently from the elevator from the basement. In this way, together or separately, the roof and basement can be used independent from the ground and first floors of the home. At the front of the house is an entrance from the double car park which opens straight into the kitchen. The 30 meter swimming pool, located at the house entry, is parallel to the living room with a glass wall the separates as it connects these two areas. For the pool to seem as part of the ground floor of the house, the ceiling above the living room stretches out above half of the pool area to provide shade and add to the experience of a homogeneous space.

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