This two-story house is located on the slopes of
the eastern hills of Kiryat Tivon facing the Jezreel
Valley, in Israel’s majestic north.
The perimeter of the house was designed to
extend beyond its actual bounds so as to enclose
the experience of the outdoors and lend a sense
of spaciousness. The larger openings, which were
planned with careful attention paid to their
orientation, grant views of the expansive
landscape beyond and invite witnessing of the
changing seasons. Other windows are more subtly
located; they emerge from closets and give
surprising glimpses of the outside looking in and
from the inside looking out.
The building is comprised of a number of linked
volumes of varying sizes and functions. A subtle
differentiation of color and detailing distinguishes
the exterior of each volume: from aluminum
frames on various openings and metal shutters to
the doors of the house. The playful use of color
is supplemented by materials such as glass,
cement, metal, wood, and PVC screens, which
form an additional layer and lend a slightly
In many respects this house emits a sense of
concealed experiences that occur inside a tree
house: the experience of discovery, of
hide-and-seek, of keeping lookout; alternative
ways of ascending and descending, entering and
exiting, opening and closing — an invitation to
take part in a game.
Though natural light and ventilation is a
prominent feature of the entire house, it is
possible to control these factors with minimal
effort. The house benefits from a pleasant
climate much of the year.
Garden design: Orna Ben Ziony, Arch.,
and Beeri Ben Shalom, Arch.
and permits: Ella Lesnik