How would you like to live in a cave? No, not the prehistoric huddle for safety, but luminous, modem, and utterly stylish home which is the emanation of cozy comfort, and sculptural and textural beauty. From the renowned Israeli architects, Pitsou Kedem Architects comes this intriguing and inspired re-imagination of 300 year old spaces huddled around a central patio.
With the typical for the architects, boldness and ingenuity, the project searches for the middle ground between Ottoman architecture and the contemporary stylistic typical for the studio, creating a beautiful connection between ancient building traditions and innovative technologies. The juxtaposition between polished concrete floors and the original masonry stonework for walls and arches is just one expression of this inspired approach. Ottoman architecture inspired arches and sleek, modern, custom made details coexist beautifully in the luminous premises of the home.
Preserving the original constructs, while connecting the different spaces into one free-float sequence of modern dwelling, was quite an effort. But it created such amazing angles, nooks and niches that one can go around the space and be continually amazed and delighted by the design shapes, textures, and picturesque arrangements.
The light modern furnishing in combination with exquisite custom made structures and trendy lamps defiles are all sustained in light colors, organic textures and gives an overall feel of purity and luminosity.
The kitchen design composition is quite impressive and possesses the sculptural geometry typical for the modern stylistic signature of the designers. Monolith, black kitchen island, and trendy kitchen appliances are framed by thin white metal lines, and this dynamic configuration of opposites gives a beautiful contrast to the original stone constructs and arches of the place.
The sequence of cave-like spaces includes a living room with a facing the sea terrace, master bedroom, kitchen, and dining area as well as two bedrooms and bathrooms forming the private quarters. Whiteness and minimal materials palette (only stone, concrete, wood, and aluminum inside and bronze outside) forms the luminous emanation of this unique home; an amalgam of romantic past and dynamic feature sustained, thanks to amazing modern design techniques, in a cozy yet pure stylistic. Photographs: Amit Geron;