A Family Home in Israel

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December 6, 2011
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  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.  Courtesy of Copyright:Tobias Hochstein.
    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. Courtesy of Copyright:Tobias Hochstein.
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  One wall of the living room houses a library.  Courtesy of Copyright:Tobias Hochstein.
    One wall of the living room houses a library. Courtesy of Copyright:Tobias Hochstein.
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  The view of the main living space from the upper part of the central cube (the gallery level).  Courtesy of Copyright:Tobias Hochstein.
    The view of the main living space from the upper part of the central cube (the gallery level). Courtesy of Copyright:Tobias Hochstein.
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  A closer look at the reclaimed wood cladding the central cube and staircase.  Courtesy of Copyright:Tobias Hochstein.
    A closer look at the reclaimed wood cladding the central cube and staircase. Courtesy of Copyright:Tobias Hochstein.
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  The master bath is a clean and spare space, a mixture of white and concrete.  Courtesy of Copyright:Tobias Hochstein.
    The master bath is a clean and spare space, a mixture of white and concrete. Courtesy of Copyright:Tobias Hochstein.
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  A closer look at the cast-in-place concrete counter in the master bathroom.
    A closer look at the cast-in-place concrete counter in the master bathroom.
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  There's a study on the gallery level, secreted atop the cube. A bridge connects the study to an additional bedroom.  Courtesy of Copyright:Tobias Hochstein.
    There's a study on the gallery level, secreted atop the cube. A bridge connects the study to an additional bedroom. Courtesy of Copyright:Tobias Hochstein.
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  A spacious deck extends off the back of the house.
    A spacious deck extends off the back of the house.
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  One of the challenges of the project was to create the impression that the house (which is semi-detached) is fully detached. This was achieved through a system of two roofs, one of which is lower, separating the central unit of the house. Additionally, the mandatory anti-bomb shelter was lined with wood and located as a "spacer" between this house and its semi-detached neighbor. The black door in the top left image is the front door of the house.
    One of the challenges of the project was to create the impression that the house (which is semi-detached) is fully detached. This was achieved through a system of two roofs, one of which is lower, separating the central unit of the house. Additionally, the mandatory anti-bomb shelter was lined with wood and located as a "spacer" between this house and its semi-detached neighbor. The black door in the top left image is the front door of the house.
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  Detail of the sliding door (in the central cube) between the passage and the laundry area and food storage.
    Detail of the sliding door (in the central cube) between the passage and the laundry area and food storage.
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  The concrete wall in the master bedroom serves as a raw, textural headboard.
    The concrete wall in the master bedroom serves as a raw, textural headboard.
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  Here's the plan of the Ramat-Hasharon House, designed by Studio ID253.
    Here's the plan of the Ramat-Hasharon House, designed by Studio ID253.
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    A section view.

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