The idea of designing my own home is equal parts exciting and terrifying. While it is easy enough to make decisions for someone else’s home, for my own home the process is panic inducing so I can completely sympathise with the architect-owners of this home in Herzliya, Israel. The duo behind Jacobs-Yaniv Architects spent six years contemplating, refining and designing their dream home before taking the plunge and actually breaking ground to build. The end result is a home that has been created with, as they put it, “a combination of both professional and personal clarity.”
Built around existing fruit trees, the house has definite mid-century vibes and carries through a materials palate of concrete and blockwork that borrows from traditional Israeli architecture. Using the living and kitchen area with raised ceiling as a central point, a program was devised to separate the parents’ and kids’ areas. This central area itself is separated by a double-sided library which works to not only define the different uses of the space, but also encourage the family to come together is this courtyard like space.
Not only do I love the outcome of this six-year design process, I also have great respect for the giant leap this couple took in turning their dream into reality.
Story by Brendan Guy, follow him on Instagram MrBrendanGuy