This striking 23.2 House by Architect Omer Arbel creates a wonderful narrative that starts with a pile of huge salvaged Douglas fir beams. Set in motion by the raw reclaimed lumber, the design radiates out, dictated by the beams' material dimensions and length. The house opens to the landscape, mixing the outdoors with the indoors. The result is a beautiful home that made the short list for this year’s World Architecture Festival’s recognized homes.
The home’s aesthetic is one of growth and dilation, beginning with the reclaimed beams of various lengths which create a triangular roof system. The massiveness of the structural elements is counterpointed by the airy openings and playful out-of-square walls and open floor plan.
The home features a very rich collection of materials and shapes, radiating — or more precisely unfolding, from the core of the house deep into the landscape. The large timbers allow for wide open spans in which large doors lead to the outside patio. The living room and kitchen open up at either end completely to the adjacent patio effectively extending the interior fully to the outside. The glass sliding doors still allows light and heat in the cooler months.
The interior is awash in refined details — bubble-like lighting was design and made specifically for the home by the architect and can be converted from halogen to LED lights. The textured ceiling above the massive timer beams host multiple skylights introducing daylight throughout the space.
Aesthetically the home seems to change its profile constantly, from flat to angular and back again. The largeness of the timber beam roof and massive angled concrete walls gives way to large open expanses framed in glass. The result is an ever-changing form in tension.
Photos by Nick Lehoux