Zahavi Architects completed this sculptural single-family home wrapped in a white, organic frame in Ashdod, Israel. The house is designed to follow the sun’s path, with each room strategically located to maximize natural light. The House in Ashdod also includes eco-friendly elements such as a water recycling system and solar panels.
To counteract the cramped urban environment, the architects swathed the house in shades of white to create the feeling of airy lightness and spaciousness. Large glass windows and reflective porcelain granite tiles that bring in and reflect natural light also enlarge the feel of the house. Designed as a “sunrise portal,” the first-floor living room is the first space to be flooded by sunlight, followed by the east wing with the master bedroom and swimming pool, and finally the west wing with the remaining private rooms. The open floor plan and tall ceiling help to make the house appear more spacious.
Upstairs, the house is divided into four private bedrooms, a family room, laundry room, gallery and balcony. Stairs lead to the rooftop, where a terrace and array of solar panels are located. On the ground level, the living room opens up to a second outdoor terrace and swimming pool. Three porthole-like windows in the basement floor overlook the swimming pool to bring in underwater light.
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