House Between Two Yards
by Pitsou Kedem

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Double-height glass doors slide back to open up an entire facade of this house in Israel by architect Pitsou Kedem (+ slideshow).

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem

Israel-based Pitsou Kedem placed the open-plan lounge, dining areas and kitchen between two outdoor spaces so they would receive light from both east and west.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem

"This provides a feeling that the space is constantly enveloped by natural light and the greenery of the trees in the courtyard," said the architect.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem

The six-metre-high living area is fronted with giant sheets of glass, which slide open on an electric motor to connect the inside to an expansive terrace.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem

From the end of the back garden, a long thin infinity pool looks like it extends into the house.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem

A courtyard at the front of the property is sunk to the basement level, with terraced planters stepping down to the excavated area from the boundary wall.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem

Floating steps lead up from the front gate to a bridge, which connects to the entrance in the three-storey volume parallel to the street.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem

The home comprises two perpendicular intersecting volumes and the smaller cuboid housing the bedrooms protrudes into the kitchen space, next to the swivelling front door.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem

Staircases on the other side go down to the children's living room and up to a mezzanine balcony.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem

Apart from heavy concrete and white rendered end walls, all rooms are glazed from floor to ceiling but can be veiled with white curtains. Shutters roll down in front of the huge glass wall for privacy and security.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem

Pitsou Kedem's other projects include a family house with timber screens that fold back in all different directions and a furniture showroom inside an industrial warehouse.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem

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Photography is by Amit Geron.

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Between two courtyards

A private residence, built between two, central courtyards.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem

A frontal courtyard excavated to a depth of three meters and the second courtyard at the level of the building's ground floor.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem

This topographical interface creates a unique cross section to the building's mass with each part of the building, even the section constructed as a basement, being open to its own courtyard.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem

The central space of the kitchen, the dining room and the living room is open in two directions – to the west and to the east. This provides a feeling that the space is constantly enveloped by natural light and the greenery of the trees in the courtyard.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem

The structure's central space, set in the centre of the plot, is accessed via a long bridge that crosses the sunken courtyard and leads to the front door.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem

From the bridge, we can see the children's living rooms which open into the basement.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem

The house's central space rises to a height of six meters and is 17 metres long.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem

There are no pillars in the space and the entire front is transparent with glass windows that slide apart with the aid of an electric motor.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem

Thus, the entire interior of the home opens into the courtyard and the border between inside and outside is cancelled.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem

The swimming pool seems as if it extends into the structure and, when looking into the house from the courtyard, the house in reflected in the pool which strengthens our impression of the building's mass.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem
Ground floor plan - click for larger image

The master bedroom is set on the second floor and opens onto the double space and the courtyard allowing for a view of the entire plot.

House Between Two Yards by Pitsou Kedem
Long section - click for larger image

The structures two supporting side walls have been emphasised, one was poured from exposed, architectural concrete and on the other a large library reaches to its full height.

Architecture: Pitsou Kedem Architects
Design team: Pitsou Kedem, Nurit Ben Yosef

  • seb

    Yawn. Rich people commissioning a rich people’s architect to design their show-off box for stuff, a library with books they never read, a swimming pool (fill it with champagne and feel like a movie star).

    Cliches. Protect your eyes.

    • dario

      So what? Resentful comment!

  • http://www.aurelia-m.com aurelia-m

    The perfect house!!

  • Dan

    Great house, great architecture, great design! Well done.

  • Sam

    I think there are some nice details and aspects about this, but I think the scale of the building – with all three floors are visible from the courtyard – is a bit excessive. Maybe they have a big family.

  • ani

    Yawn, so very AA. Souless.

  • J. Matthew Riva

    One of the sickest houses I’ve ever seen.

  • Dave

    What a nice new hospital that is.

    Oh, wait.