Sleek Concrete Cubes Form This Pavilion-Like Home in Israel

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By Michele Koh Morollo
In Ramat HaSharon, Israel, a screen of vertical iron louvers mixes with concrete cubes to create the contemporary Pavilion House.

Tel Aviv architecture studio Tal Goldsmith Fish has completed a sleek family home in Ramat HaSharon that takes on the appearance of a modern pavilion, hence the property's name—the Pavilion House.

The structure's façade is comprised of streamlined concrete cubes and a screen of vertical iron louvers that filters light and adds interesting geometrical texture to the smooth exterior form.

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For this project, the architects have created a house that looks like a pavilion, in which several floors have neatly been hidden within the simple concrete "box" volume.  

For this project, the architects have created a house that looks like a pavilion, in which several floors have neatly been hidden within the simple concrete "box" volume.  

The main challenge was to fit four floors into a limited 1,650-square-foot plot, and still ensure plenty of room to enjoy the outdoors. By raising and stretching out the main concrete volume, they managed to create 2,368 square feet of built-in living space. 

The pattern of the decorative screen for the stairs is repeated on the fence that surrounds the house.

The pattern of the decorative screen for the stairs is repeated on the fence that surrounds the house.

The fourth floor takes the form of a complete white cube with no visible windows or apertures.

The fourth floor takes the form of a complete white cube with no visible windows or apertures.

Iron louvers have been used along the western facade to create a narrow corridor between the screen and exterior walls of the main volume. 

Iron louvers have been used along the western facade to create a narrow corridor between the screen and exterior walls of the main volume. 

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The screen helps to better ventilate the interiors. Shifting shadows cast patterns on the walls of the house as the western sun streams through the corridor.

The screen helps to better ventilate the interiors. Shifting shadows cast patterns on the walls of the house as the western sun streams through the corridor.

The open interior of white walls and polished concrete floors echoes the restrained aesthetics of the façade.

The open interior of white walls and polished concrete floors echoes the restrained aesthetics of the façade.

"The box was softened with a thin frame of floating concrete floor, along with a very thin roof rack on top, and joined together by diagonal side walls," explains Tal Goldsmith Fish, the firm's founder.

"The box was softened with a thin frame of floating concrete floor, along with a very thin roof rack on top, and joined together by diagonal side walls," explains Tal Goldsmith Fish, the firm's founder.

The iron staircase that weaves its way through the four floors has a decorative screen.   

The iron staircase that weaves its way through the four floors has a decorative screen.   

The roof hangs over the patio to provide shelter from the intense sunlight.

The roof hangs over the patio to provide shelter from the intense sunlight.

Carefully selected furniture items—by brands such as Desalto, Living Divani, and Ligne Roset—work together to complement the paired-back, elegant design of the residence.

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Inside, the vertical lines expressed by the exterior screen are replicated in the staircase that connects the four floors.

Inside, the vertical lines expressed by the exterior screen are replicated in the staircase that connects the four floors.

A vertical slit has been made in the main cube to create an inner patio. The slit brings in air and light, breaking up the mass of the cube and softening the sharp geometry of the design.  

A vertical slit has been made in the main cube to create an inner patio. The slit brings in air and light, breaking up the mass of the cube and softening the sharp geometry of the design.  

A backyard garden.

A backyard garden.

At the back of the house, a glazed wall slides open to connect with a spacious green terrace.

At the back of the house, a glazed wall slides open to connect with a spacious green terrace.

The basement floor plan.

The basement floor plan.

The floor plan of the entrance level.

The floor plan of the entrance level.

The floor plan of the master suite level.

The floor plan of the master suite level.

A sectional drawing.

A sectional drawing.

Project Credits: 

Architecture, landscape, lighting, and interior design: Tal Goldsmith Fish 

Kitchen: Bulthaup