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Architect couple builds their dream home using concrete blocks

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After occupying their site in Hezlia, situated along the Israeli coast, for some years, architects Tamar Jacobs and Oshri Yaniv finally decided to bring their vision for a light and airy modern home to life. “The green surroundings, ideal daylight and western breeze from the close by Mediterranean were our starting point,” the architects revealed about their approach to the home’s design.

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They decided to use concrete blocks, also known as “breeze blocks”, to build the walls and roof. The concrete surfaces were left exposed to create continuity between the interior and exterior of the home. Air flows freely throughout by way of windows located on the eastern and western sides of the building, which also allows a considerable amount of daylight to enter the space at all times of the day.

One prerequisite of the new home was that it had to incorporate the numerous fruit and nut trees growing on the plot. “After living on the plot in a small house for many years, and experiencing life by two large pecan nut trees, and many other fruit trees, we knew the new house would become part of the existing garden, which was there long before us,” said the architects.

The property is divided into three parts: an area for the children is at one end, and second area for the parents is located at the other. The living room makes up the third space. In the master bedroom, half-height block-work partitions the bedroom from a study on the garden-facing side. There is also a bathroom with a series of monochrome finishes.

Ceiling beams lift the flat concrete roof up from the walls, where a clerestory window runs around the entire perimeter of the building, offering glimpses of the sky and treetops.

Jacobs and Yaniv founded their studio in 2004. Other projects the couple has worked on include a purpose-built shelter for women and children suffering from domestic abuse, a pilates studio for a Paralympic gold-medallist, and an apartment that references Tel Aviv’s 1950s interiors.

Image source: Jacobs. Yaniv Architects

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