Location: Herzliya Pituah, Hertsliya, Israel
Area: 477.0 m2
Architects: Rona Levin Ruth Packer Architects levin-packer.com
Architect in Charge: Adela Tzikinovsky
Photographs: Amit Geron amitgeron.com/
The project is a private urban house of approximatively 200 m2 in Herzlia, situated on a 425 m2 site.
The white modernist house is a perfect rectangle with dimensions of 8/17. The rectangular structure is kept, while volumes are subtracted in favor of balconies. The sloping zing roof is also integrated in the rectangular structure.
The plot is long and narrow with a blind wall, shared with the neighbour’s house. This wall actually has a main functional role. It starts in the kitchen area where it consists of kitchen cupboards, then turns into a floating counter of the kitchen, overlapping a bench, the bench turns into a fire place and continues outside as a long pot for plants where it is again overlapped, but this time by the outside bar counter. This wall continues from one side of the house till the end of the plot, being a plastic play of forms itself and at the same time a key functional and compositional line in the house.
As the site is narrow, long and small, the goal was to enlarge the view to all sides of the garden, to allow maximum openness of the ground floor to it, this way letting the garden penetrate through. The garden accompanies the house and becomes an integral part of the ground floor. It is continuous through the whole plot. It starts from the very entrance at the fence of the plot with an oblong garden that leads to the main door entrance of the house, then proceeds and reaches the garden with the pool at the bottom of the plot.
Since the ground floor area is only 187 m2, there was no question of putting divisions that can block the view. Thus the staircase, located in the center of the space, creating a vertical axis movement and dividing the floor into two areas, became transparent to let the outside come through. The transparency is achieved by a gap in the wall, filled with delicate thin metal lines that underline the verticality of the element and act as a mindful continuation of the wall. The airy staircase lets the space be completely discovered.
The ground floor contains two public areas, the living space and the kitchen and dining space. As mentioned above, there is a full linkage between those spaces, accomplished by the staircase’s transparency, yet the staircase positioning provides two separated functional areas. The kitchen and dining area overview the entrance garden, while the living area is completely connected to the back one.
The architectural design is minimalistic, rich in details and materials. Natural oak, natural stone, black metal, cement plaster wall, colored textiles, soft wild plants in contrast with the linear strong lines of the architecture. The lighting is very precise and is an integral part of the architecture, providing long lighted accents in carefully selected areas.
Repetitive materials create uniformity, natural oak for flooring, stairs and entrance door, black metal for the light fixtures, fireplace, stairway’s railing and balconies’ railing, black aluminium for all openings and cement plaster walls.
On the upper floor are situated all the private bedrooms.
Rona Levin Ruth Packer Architects
Levin Packer architects are engaged in a variety of architectural and interior design projects in the public arena, hotels, residential buildings, offices, private houses and luxury apartments.
The firm, founded by architect Rona Levin and architect Ruth Packer aims for a timeless architecture and always seeks to achieve a total design concept.
Rona and Ruth are personally involved in every step of the project from the very first sketches through to the detailing plans and building process, together with a group of talented architects and designers dedicated to the joint work.
Each project receives our full attention by searching for the best utilization of space, emphasizing the relation between
interior and exterior, light and shade, through the choice of materials, new technologies and very professional working plans and details.
Understanding our responsibility as architects we design and create our projects committed to our clients and to the environment.
We believe in a dialogue with our clients which is crucial for the process and inevitable in order to achieve a successful and satisfactory creation.
Approaching our projects with passion, love and enthusiasm brings a precise and wholesome result.
Ruth Packer won the tel aviv rokach prize for public building 2005 and the design award 2008
for the daniel rowing center.
Rona Levin won the design award for the mamila hotel 2011.
*Planning and execution in collaboration with plesner architects
**In collaboration with Piero Lissoni
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