gal marom architects designs minimalistic retreat in israel

Posted on May 25, 2015


gal marom architects designs minimalistic retreat in israel

may 25, 2015

gal marom architects designs minimalistic retreat in israel

gal marom architects designs minimalistic retreat in israel
all images © itay sikolsky

placed along the israeli coastal plane in the ancient city of caesarea, israel is ‘villa c.’ by gal marom architects. the contemporary home is a well-considered display of designers efforts to create a holistic, green home. on the site, the villa sits according to the climatic conditions of the coastal plane. the clients are able to enjoy the mediterranean sea breeze, and at the same time save energy via the wind’s natural ventilation. sun movement and natural light characteristics were also integrated into the design.  


the large walls emerging from the house define the exterior space

the dwelling’s minimal structure and transparent walls create long, encompassing views regardless of on-site location. when approaching from street level, guests are greeted by a floating, striped wall that stretches the entirety of the plot. aside from it’s aesthetic purpose, it also aids in heat-retainment due to its thickness and insulation properties. inside, teak wood, aluminum, and glass compliment each other, with a gray basalt floor to neutralize the area. materials and shapes both inside and out work together to provide an organic, reductive feeling fitting of the contemporary space. 


minimalistic pool design 

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daylight reflections of the house in the water create unique double views 


at night halos of light are reflected in the pool, making the house appear to be floating


an array of asymmetrical cubic volumes allows for a wide range of angular views 

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the kitchen’s horizontal lines emphasize the depth of the home 


large openings and minimal columns maximize transparency between in and outdoors 

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the floating wall creates a barrier between public and private spaces  

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left: a large teak wood wall marks the entrance to the villa
right: looking up from front door 


ground floor plan

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top floor plan

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edited by: nick brink | designboom

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