Photo Credit: Amit Geron
The clients dreamt of an Italian Villa in the midst of an Israeli suburb. Yet rather than opting for an interpretation of vernacular architecture, the clients opted to focus less on the visual and more on the sensual. Italy for them meant warmth and texture, color and erosion. In spite of commissioning a new home they sought a sense of place, of ageless permanence within their surroundings. Asaf Gottesman's solution was to design a fair-faced concrete home with ochre pigmentation and horizontal strips that re-enforced the human scale. We envisioned a home that respects nature, that is integrated within the site and is engulfed by parasitical vegetation that confirms a sense of permanence.