Photo Credit: Amit Geron
CONCRETE & GLASS HOUSE
Completed in 1996, this was the first, ground up, private home Asaf Gottesman designed. Executed in planked, fair-faced concrete, the aim was to shorten and simplify the building process by eliminating plasterers and all that accompanies a less rigorous construction process. The home was completed within ten months at a substantially lower cost because the structure and finishings were basically the same. The house is formed of two concrete and two glass walls, with the concrete walls facing the neighboring plots, while the glass facades face the a communal garden and the sea. Internally the divisions are extremely simple and in some ways it resembles a doll’s house composed of rectangular boxes.
Through the use of fair-faced concrete, a particular rigor was instilled both into the design and the building process. Concrete surfaces bare witness to the process of construction. They reflect without any tolerance the quality of the shuttering and the materials used. Like an etching, a concrete wall is a reflection of every gesture and mark, of the quality of the craftsmanship and use of material. The use of fair faced concrete was extended into the staggered landscaping and reinforced the role of the walls as the basis for parasitical growth and the integration of the home within its fertile surroundings.