Omer Arbel’s Stunning 23.2 House Unfolds from Salvaged Beams

by , 01/18/11
filed under: Architecture

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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.

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