Monday, March 30, 2009

Concrete and Glass

This Concrete and Glass villa designed by Gottesman-Szmelcman in Israel has preoccupied me for most of the day. I love that, as the architects say, it looks a bit like a doll house. I also love all the glass, the exposed concrete and the the decor. Is there no ceiling over the upper right room? How cool is that?!From the architects' website: "This villa was constructed in 1984.... It is composed of two concrete walls facing the neighbors, and two glass walls that face the communal park and the distant sea.... Our preoccupation in designing this home was to offer a relatively craft free villa that could be quickly constructed at a reasonable cost. The home was completed within ten months.
"Architecturally, the home is extremely simple. In some ways it resembles a basic doll's house. Its internal spaces are rectangular and clearly defined. The internal circulation is in the form of a cross that divides the interior into four primary sections on each floor.The external concrete walls and the staggered landscaping serve as the basis for parasitical growth, and the building is slowly being integrated into its fertile surroundings."
Thank you mopu42.

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