Float House – Israel Residence

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Float House

Private Residential Building Israel – design by Pitsou Kedem Architects

17 Apr 2014

Float House, Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, Israel

Design: Pitsou Kedem Architects

Urban House in Tel Aviv

A one story, private residence in the center of the country. The architectural concept was to create a structure with a continuous, wide space, divided by internal courtyards and movable partitions into smaller spaces used for a variety of different functions.

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The different spaces and internal courtyards are joined together are joined together into one structure by two, ultra-thin roofs supported at one central point so that seem to float in the air. The two roofs merge, one into the other and extend for five meters over the building front walls. The entire roof is constructed from lightweight materials and, in order to provide a thin, wispy look at its edges, it is constructed with a moderate slop towards its center.

Float House

The structure itself is constructed from a series of spaces that are conceivably internal and conceivably external spaces. The entrance is framed with a wall of wooden slats which constitute what could be considered the initial boundary between the outside and the inside.

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When entering the space, we pass through a space resembling an entrance lobby – again, conceivably internal and conceivably external – which embodies the soft seam between the outside and inside areas.

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Whilst walking through the entrance lobby space, we cross a transparent pool, studded with large basalt rocks and trees that seem to float on the water. As we enter the entrance lobby, we experience the illusion that the house is floating and being reflected, just as the roof appears to be floating above the structures walls.

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A ribbon window running along the building’s facades serves to emphasize the roof floating above the structure walls and cancels out the feeling of mass that its size suggests.
A long, narrow reflection pool follows the structure’s walls, reflecting and emphasizing their covering and texture.

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Tel Aviv Residence – Building Information

Archiectre: Pitsou Kedem architects
Design Team: Pitsou Kedem, Raz Melamed, Irene Goldbreg
Photographs: Amit Geron


Float House, Tel Aviv images / information from Pitsou Kedem Architects


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