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Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Israel Architecture News - May 27, 2019 - 05:29   4021 views

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Tel Aviv-based architecture studio Pitsou Kedem Architects has completed a new residence in the Savyon district of Israel, the house, even it appears as a simple white volume, a large sunken yard makes the house more vivid, light and breathtaking. 

The house, named Split House, is divided into three sections: one with the private bedroom facing the street; one with the living room and master bedroom facing the backyard; and between them, a section with the internal double-level yard that extends the entire length of the building. 

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

At its core, a sunken garden – usually meant to allow light into a basement floor and mostly placed at the fringes of the plot - is filled with green vegetation, plants and trees. 

The sunken garden is a 25m-long, 5m-wide and almost 7m-high empty volume that is connected with bridges in upper levels. Two bridges, crossing the yard at the top floor, connect the sections. 

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

The first leads from the front door entrance and allows a view of the entire space. On one side the living room and yard, on the other, a long hallway linking the children bedrooms. The second bridge connects the private and shared areas, and incorporates a staircase leading to the basement floor. 

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

The outer skin is entirely different from the sense of the interior space that made you feel. The building, wrapped by white pure volume, features wooden strips and these non-figurative elements are perceived from every interior space that creates a smooth transition between inside and outside.

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

A recurring grid of 200x30x4cm panels made of solid wood and iron envelops the yard, the house walls and the yard roof, even folding over to create shading. 

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

This paneled grid conceals the windows and doors, including the main entrance door that leads to the internal yard and living room, and the doors connecting the master bedroom and family room to the surrounding yard (in these exists the square’s concrete envelope protrudes 4m out to create shading.) 

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

The grid is present also in the plastered yard walls that conceal the master bedroom and other areas. It appears in different variations throughout the house – for example, in the wine bar and in the wall facing the street.

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Pitsou Kedem Architects is known for its clean but edged forms, but the studio is quite aware of how to create a play of light and shadow infused in both interior or exterior. 

The studio's sensitive materialistic approach also defines the overall the quality of the building and living spaces. Pitsou Kedem clear-cut and softy architecture makes visitors help to rediscover the functions of any living space through their experimental and architectural oeuvre. 

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

The bathroom is almost a part of the garden and its bigness is well decided and brings a new light quality through the wooden strips - which doesn't act like a classical bathroom. You can spend most of your time in this bathroom. 

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Large sunken yard defines the program of Split House designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Israel

Project facts

Project name: Split House

Architect: Pitsou Kedem Architects

Location: Savyon, Israel

Date: 2015-2018

Total floor area: 500m2

Design team: Tamar Berger and Pitsou Kedem

Lead Architect: Tamar Berger

Lighting design: Orly Avron Alkabes

All images © Amit Geron

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