The Dual House

Tel Aviv District, Israel
Location
  • Tel Aviv District, Israel
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2016
  • This project page was created by community member Axelrod Architects

    In a duplex house located in a small neighborhood north of Tel-Aviv, Israel, resides two families of close friends. Both are well attuned to modern architecture as they are owners of construction technology solutions businesses. The goal was to design two different single family houses, each with its own unique plan, and still maintain a unified and coherent architectural element.

    The architectural design sets a dialogue between the modernist basic principles of the early 20th century of basic, simple and decoration free geometry, and the latest technological solutions that can be used in today’s homes.

    The first House is composed of two basic shapes that create a minimalistic and balanced composition. It contains two concrete masse, with one floating on top of the other and creates a feathery feeling despite the massive materials. These two shapes extend over a horizontal axis. some parts are overlapping while in other areas they detach and break out opposite directions.

    The meeting point of these two masses is a vertical axis that cuts the horizontal position with a use of a staircase that goes through all levels of the house. These opposites across the horizontal and vertical lines create the architectural conflict and strain. The two masses also enable clear functional separation with the lower mass containing the public spaces and the upper one hosting the private section.

    The upper unit is a box that opens up to the view. The interior functions are separated by partitions while ensuring all facing the open view. The lower structure delivers an open space that is connected to the outside. Without a formal entry point, these openings merge the interior and the exterior and allow a daily and unformal passage between the inside and the outside.

    The floating mass at the top provides shading to the parts below and thus creates an outdoor space that feels like an integral part of the interior. The yard and swimming pool are part of the structural composition as well, and made of clear and minimalistic lines.

    To enhance the minimalistic design, the materials used provide a sense of rawness, sincerity and coherency. The exposed and clean concrete gets a lighter and more open interpretation thanks to the constructive technology that allows the usage of big openings, a wide open floor plan and the hovering of the upper mass into the open view.

    Pictured is Dual House 1, part of a duplex designed for two families of close friends.

    Photo Courtesy of Axelrod Architects

    Pictured is the first house of the duplex, composed of two basic shapes that create a minimalistic and balanced composition. It contains two concrete masse, with one floating on top of the other and creates a feathery feeling despite the massive materials

    Photo Courtesy of Axelrod Architects

    These two shapes extend over a horizontal axis. Some parts are overlapping while in other areas they detach and break out in opposite directions. The upper volume functions as the private spaces, while the lower volume functions as the public spaces.

    Photo Courtesy of Axelrod Architects

    At the meeting point of these two masses, public and private spaces, is a vertical axis that cuts the horizontal plane with the use of a staircase that goes through all levels of the house.

    Photo Courtesy of Axelrod Architects

    View from upper floor in private space.

    Photo Courtesy of Axelrod Architects

    The staircase provides a central, vertical axis between the upper and lower levels.

    Photo Courtesy of Axelrod Architects

    The staircase goes through the center of the house, pictured here adjacent to the open plan kitchen/living area.

    Photo Courtesy of Axelrod Architects

    The interior functions are separated by partitions while ensuring all are facing the open view. The lower structure delivers an open space that is connected to the outside.

    Photo Courtesy of Axelrod Architects

    The floating mass at the top provides shading to the parts below and thus creates an outdoor space that feels like an integral part of the interior.

    Photo Courtesy of Axelrod Architects

    Without a formal entry point, openings along the length of the lower level merge the interior and the exterior and allow a daily and unformal passage between the inside and the outside.

    Photo Courtesy of Axelrod Architects

    The construction technology allows the usage of big openings, a wide open floor plan and the hovering of the upper mass into the open view.

    Photo Courtesy of Axelrod Architects

    View of the master bedroom

    Photo Courtesy of Axelrod Architects

    View of the bathroom vanity area

    Photo Courtesy of Axelrod Architects
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    Founded in 2006 by Principal Irit Axelrod, acclaimed architectural firm Axelrod Design is based in San Francisco and Tel Aviv, with a notable body of work in the modernist style, including distinctive private residences, commercial buildings and interiors, and public spaces, including the Ben Gurion Heritage Institute building, south of Israel. The firm’s rigorous and elemental design approach has resulted in a meticulously crafted minimalism. Its principal’s personal vision captures an unconventional beauty, found in the expression of natural materials and construction methods. The result renders sleek, monolithic structures that explore an unbridled play on light, proportions, and geometry.  Axelrod Design recognizes the best buildings come from a close collaboration between itself, its consultants, the general contractor and the client. With this in mind, it approaches every project from conceptual design through construction, overseeing every detail is faithfully executed, resulting in a precisely constructed building.    Irit Axelrod graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in the Technion/ Israeli Institute of Technology (1993). She is an International Assoc. AIA member and LEED© AP Certified. The firm has been published in top international architecture publications, including Wallpaper, Dwell and Domus.  
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