Israel's Heavy Light House

written by:
March 10, 2011

Everything about this vacation home is little crazy. For starters, there’s the location. It’s in Israel. In northern Galilee. On the border with Lebanon.

Read Full Article
  • 
  Architect Guy Zucker says that he wanted the color palette of the three “rocks” to feel like earth or sand. Their stucco is grainy, rather than smooth, and a radicalized sand color.Photo courtesy Z-A Studio.
    Architect Guy Zucker says that he wanted the color palette of the three “rocks” to feel like earth or sand. Their stucco is grainy, rather than smooth, and a radicalized sand color.Photo courtesy Z-A Studio.
  • 
  The house sits on a slope, atop blue concrete and ceramic tiles. A set of web-shaped stairs (right) flow like a waterfall onto the blue floor.Photo courtesy Z-A Studio.
    The house sits on a slope, atop blue concrete and ceramic tiles. A set of web-shaped stairs (right) flow like a waterfall onto the blue floor.Photo courtesy Z-A Studio.
  • 
  The area between the blocks is public space, with walls much more perforated there to provide lightness for the vacation home. Gradient shades of blue ceramic tiles relate to the blue walls and tiles outside.Photo courtesy Z-A Studio.
    The area between the blocks is public space, with walls much more perforated there to provide lightness for the vacation home. Gradient shades of blue ceramic tiles relate to the blue walls and tiles outside.Photo courtesy Z-A Studio.
  • 
  The home is small, at 1200 square feet, because of the political situation. The client wanted to start small, see how things go, and if it’s to be used in the future, enlarge it.Photo courtesy Z-A Studio.
    The home is small, at 1200 square feet, because of the political situation. The client wanted to start small, see how things go, and if it’s to be used in the future, enlarge it.Photo courtesy Z-A Studio.
  • 
  The home’s palette is derived from two opposite color fields. The blocks are made of a rough color, that’s block- and sand-like. The floor rippling around gives a cool feeling like water.Photo courtesy Z-A Studio.
    The home’s palette is derived from two opposite color fields. The blocks are made of a rough color, that’s block- and sand-like. The floor rippling around gives a cool feeling like water.Photo courtesy Z-A Studio.
  • 
  Zucker says that he tried different colors, but eventually went to blue for the floors and the public area perforated with windows. “It’s the color of the sky, which is very clear there, with very few clouds,” he says.Photo courtesy Z-A Studio.
    Zucker says that he tried different colors, but eventually went to blue for the floors and the public area perforated with windows. “It’s the color of the sky, which is very clear there, with very few clouds,” he says.Photo courtesy Z-A Studio.
  • 
  Winter temperatures in northern Galilee can be as cool as 50 degrees, with summer temperature as high as 100 degrees. “Most of the year it’s pretty hot,” Zucker says.Photo courtesy Z-A Studio.
    Winter temperatures in northern Galilee can be as cool as 50 degrees, with summer temperature as high as 100 degrees. “Most of the year it’s pretty hot,” Zucker says.Photo courtesy Z-A Studio.
  • 
  The public space, both inside and out, ripples in blue around the three blocks.Photo courtesy Z-A Studio.
    The public space, both inside and out, ripples in blue around the three blocks.Photo courtesy Z-A Studio.

@current / @total

Read Full Article

Join the Discussion

Loading comments...