Architecture: Haifa House by Pitsou Kedem Architects


Israel is a long way from the birthplace of Bauhaus, but that doesn’t mean the movement hasn’t taken hold there. This colossal residence is situated at the heart of Haifa’s historic French Carmel neighborhood, but at first glance could easily be mistaken for a museum or modern art gallery. Constructed over two levels with a central atrium connecting them, the expansive glass frontage bathes the whole space in natural light and gives an exhibition-like quality to daily life.

Indoor and outdoor spaces mingle seamlessly via sliding doors, patio spaces, balconies and raised terraces, while a living tree growing inside the central domestic space further blurs the lines between those worlds. Elsewhere, the tonal mix of white walls, grey concrete and black window frames is offset by sporadic accents, such as the orange ladder of the library, the timber of the sliding wooden blinds, or the cool blue waters of the pool. It might not be a gallery, but it certainly looks like a work of art.



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