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A Family Home in Israel

Located in Ramat-Hasharon, a suburb of Tel Aviv in Israel, this 2,100-square-foot house was designed by Keren Milchberg Porat for a family of six—a cinematographer and art director and their four children, ranging in age from one to 17 years old. Porat, who heads up the architecture firm Studio ID253, used a slew of recycled and raw materials, strategically located openings to maximize ventilation and natural light, and "circular passages" to create an open and flexible family home that works equally well for entertaining large groups of people—something the family loves to do.

‎‏Originally the owners were inspired by prefab techniques and concepts. But "due to the fact that they couldn't find any local Israeli contractor with validated prefab experience, and their budget was too tight to simply fly in a crew from the states or Europe, they decided to go the only way they could—with conventional and traditional building methods popular in Israel," says Porat. "But certain prefab-inspired design elements remained, such as cement floors, industrial roofing, extensive use of large windows, and large deck areas that surround the interior of the house."

In the center of the open space, a wood-clad iron cube rises 13.12 feet high. The wood was purchased from a crane company that unloads wood containers at the port. The cube contains the main systems and functions of the house. On the lower level is a bathroom, pantry, laundry room, and coat closet.

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