Tel Aviv-based Paritzki & Liani designed the two-storey property in Savyon for a couple with three teenage children.
The house has a white stone facade
The building’s angular design responds to an unusually shaped site slotted between two other suburban homes, which narrows significantly at one end due to the curve of the adjacent street.
The architects used this unusual geometry to generate a design that plays with perspective, making it difficult to perceive the building’s exact size and dimensions.
The house has a roughly triangular floor plan
“The compositional design idea for this home was to build 600 square metres distributed over three storeys, while also attempting to create the illusion that this volume does not exist,” said architects Itai Paritzki and Paola Liani.
To achieve this, IS House is set into the landscape so that the lowest level is partially submerged underground.
The detail-free facade features minimal glazing
A detail-free facade helps to further disguise the building’s scale. Smooth slabs of white stone clad the walls and roof, and are only interrupted by sliding glass doors and windows with extremely slender frames.
Meanwhile the roof incorporates a fold that divides it into two planes, both sloping in different directions.
The lower level is submerged into the slope of the landscape
Nature is another element of the design concept. The acute angle at the house’s southwestern corner conceals a small triangular courtyard, where a tree is concealed behind the facade.
“The view from the tip is of a patio with trees that extends from the lower floor to the upper floor and then to the sky,” said Paritzki and Liani.
Trees are set into small courtyards within the building
There’s also a second of these courtyards in the centre of the building.
Living spaces within IS House face onto these small courtyards. In time, the trees are expected to grow tall enough that their branches will emerge through openings in the roof.
The living space benefits from double-height ceilings
All other glazing has been positioned to ensure privacy from the neighbours, either facing the open landscape to the rear, or set down into lower sections of the sloping landscape.
“The openings were carefully studied to have views only to green areas,” the architects told Dezeen.
The kitchen is finished in a contrasting shade of black
To enhance the feeling of spaciousness inside, the ground floor is largely open-plan.
The majority of this level is a grand living space, with double-height ceilings and a kitchen area picked out in a contrasting shade of black. This level also contains the primary bedroom, which has an en-suite and a dressing room.
One tree slots into the house’s acute southwestern corner
Rooms on the upper level, which slot in under the highest sections of the roof, include three en-suite bedrooms for the clients’ two sons and daughter.
The basement floor accommodates a home cinema and gym, plus a library and office that are naturally light through high-level windows.
IS House is home to a family of five
The garden was designed to work with the levels of the house. A large split-level patio extends across the full width of the site, incorporating a 30-metre swimming pool and a separate bathing pool.
Photography is by Amit Geron.