Contemporary Living in a Coastal Town
This stylish, single-family house in Herzeliya, north of Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean coast, has been designed as a succession of interconnected thresholds that proceed through the building. Aluminum latticework screens have been used as a device to create subtle intermediary spaces.
A series of progressive stages play out between the main entry gate and the rear garden of the N2 House. The first stage is crowned by a delicate aluminum lattice floating above the entrance, casting skewered geometric patterns across the walls. To the left as one enters the property, is a massive, concrete wall rising above a dark reflection pool, concealing the interior of the house from direct view.
The second stage is situated beyond this massive wall, where a more private entrance hall reveals the house behind a glazed wall, which is used as a device for creating a transparent layer of separation. The third stage is where the main front door opens onto two hallways – the main entry leads through the heart of the house, while the second door simply leads to the guest bathroom. The fourth stage in the progression is along the main hallway, to the left of which is an internal patio rising three stories high.
Located here are both a staircase and a sitting area. Progressing along the hall, the fifth stage is revealed, where the semi-private kitchen and family room can be glimpsed through long, horizontal openings in the hallway wall. The final stages are revealed at the end of the hallway, where the living room is situated. Ultimately, this communal area opens onto an outdoor patio above which floats a lattice echoing the latticework at the entrance.
The hallway receives natural lighting from two window openings. One is a long and narrow opening positioned at eye level between the two private volumes that are separated by the communal areas. The other opening is a skylight above the hallway, which illuminates the space below with indirect light reflected off the inclined balustrade of the second story bridge. Here again, a delicate lattice pattern is used to filter light from the skylight opening above. N2 House offers a high quality of family life in a series of bright, sunlit interconnected spaces.
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N2 House, Herzliya Pituach, Israel
Herzliya Pituach, Israel
Irene Goldberg and Pitsou Kedem, Tel Aviv; with Raz Melamed
Amit Geron, Tel Aviv
2013 – 2016
Yaron Tibet Construction Co.Ltd, 8, Lochamei Hagetaot St., Ramat Hasharon Israel
Eyal Coatings Ltd.
Swisspearl Nobilis Grey N 215
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