Located in the Haifa’s French Carmel area in Israel, this mjnimalist styled mansion brings a reinterpretation to the style of the past century, modernism(or, the Bahaus style to be more precise), in a very refined and luxurious way.
Promoted by architects like Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto and Mies van der Rohe, this impressive style has marked the evolution of architecture for more than a century. Its impact can still be felt today because of real masterpieces that evoke it and influence the curent way of bulding. Many architects like Pitsou Kedem choose to design in the same manner, whilst bringing their contribution to the project and the style. Materials and building tehniques have undoubtedly evolved and modernism with them. But, when put together, a very sleek and stylish modern mansion can appear and revive the style.
This contemporary styled home is defined by straight lines and rectangular shapes which create a game of light and shade, making its volumetry stand out and be felt and perceived with ease. Modernsim and its followers also promoted black and white designs, simple but very carefully created that induce a powerful contrast that outlines the forms of the structure. Pitsou Kedem Architects have succesfully managed to adopt these chromatics and create a seemingly simple but very complex project in terms of style and the way we perceive and embrace it.
Light plays a very important role in the manner that we perceive this design. The elements that the structure is made of were all carefully placed to permit or to block light from reaching a chosen surface inside or outside the house. The luxurious interior design benefits from an evershifting set of light and shade that, even if they aren’t very obvious, certainly improve the atributes of this modern styled mansion. During the night, artificial light and its effects replace the sunlight and create a very different image of the house, just as if when the sun fades away, the structure changes completely. This effect is best perceived from the surrounding areas of the house and the public space, that are all influnced by the way the facades influence the landscape. The backyard landscaping design features luxurious swimming pool which designed the same simple but impressive manner, in tone with the house and the environment.
Few architects and designers have really understoof the meaning of modernism and its designing rules. However, Pitsou Kedem Architects have and created a proper design that celebrates both the past and the present in a unique manner.
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