Kedem Shinar bases boxy Israel home on Bauhaus architecture

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Tel Aviv architect Kedem Shinar drew on Israel's Bauhaus architecture and her training in Japan to create the clean lines of this bright white house in Carmey Yossef (+ movie).

CY House by Kedem Shinar

The 350-square-metre residence is set on a plot surrounded by pine, cypress and olive trees in Carmey Yossef, a village between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

CY House by Kedem Shinar

For the design, Shinar took her cues from the International Style developed at the Bauhaus – the renowned German art school that ran between 1919 and 1933. Over 4,000 Bauhaus-style buildings were constructed in Tel Aviv between 1920 and 1940, according to the city's Bauhaus Centre.

CY House by Kedem Shinar

Gridded glazing, suspended porches and concrete give CY House a semi-industrial aesthetic, and reference the Bauhaus school building in Dessau.

CY House by Kedem Shinar

"The design idea, which draws inspiration from Japanese architecture, the De Stijl style and local Bauhaus architecture, was to merge the light and the landscape with the space of the house by using an interplay of walls and openings," explained Kedem Shinar, "some transparent and some opaque, a play of open and closed, and exposed and protected."

CY House by Kedem Shinar

Inside, a black grand piano takes centre-stage in the Eames-inspired interior, which features a double-height living space. Two bedrooms and bathrooms are located off this central living space.



A bridge spans the double-height lounge and provides a reading nook behind the upper portion of a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf.

CY House by Kedem Shinar

The back of the bookcase is enclosed with wire mesh – a material also used by Tel Aviv architect Pitsou Kedem to give a utilitarian appearance to a flat once owned by Israel's first prime minster. Kedem's own house takes its cues from its Modernist neighbours.

CY House by Kedem Shinar

The timber bridge runs parallel to the exposed metal piping on the ceiling and is accessed via a black iron staircase, which continues up to a terrace on the flat roof.

CY House by Kedem Shinar

A row of clerestory windows set just below the roof line is designed to create the impression that the stepped aluminium roof is hovering over the building.

CY House by Kedem Shinar

"The roof planes seem disconnected from the walls, as they hover and float over the light that envelops them all around," said the architect.

CY House by Kedem Shinar

Downstairs, the exposed concrete floor runs between the interior and exterior and windows span floor to ceiling in an attempt to break down the visible boundaries between inside and out.

CY House by Kedem Shinar

Kedem Shinar was born in Tel Aviv, brought up in Boston and studied architecture in Tokyo. Shinar worked for Japanese architects Toyo Ito and Kengo Kuma before relocating to Tel Aviv, where she worked at Mann-Shinar Architects and Skorka Architects, then founded her own studio in 2013.

Photography is by Amit Giron. Cinematography is by inlight.me and editing is by Adi Shinar.


Project credits:

Architecture: Kedem Shinar
Project supervision: Ruben Falkowski
Skeleton contractor: Issam Shawana
Finishes contractor: Galor Construction
Aluminum: Perfect windows
Iron windows: 100+
Ironwork: Yoel Almog
Carpentry: Moti Sadeh, Guy Raz Carpenters
Kitchen: Idan Carpenters
Concrete: Bomenite
Timber flooring & decks: Droran
Electricity: Giora Electricity
Smart electricity: Media-Tech
A/C: Mizug Plus
Garden and landscape: Ros Davies

CY House by Kedem Shinar
Ground floor plan – click for larger image
CY House by Kedem Shinar
First floor plan – click for larger image
CY House by Kedem Shinar
Section one – click for larger image
CY House by Kedem Shinar
Section two – click for larger image
CY House by Kedem Shinar
Section three – click for larger image
CY House by Kedem Shinar
Long section one – click for larger image
CY House by Kedem Shinar
Long section two – click for larger image
  • Leo

    Beautiful house. I would prefer to have some artwork on the walls, though.

  • Wesley

    I don’t know why the author keeps describing the architecture as “Bauhaus”. The Bauhaus school never taught any specific type of art or architecture. The Bauhaus simply represented a new way of looking at artwork. The founder of the Bauhaus, Walter Gropius, decried people referring to anything as “Bauhaus,” because nothing really is.