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Givatayim Urban Villa / Amitzi Architects

  • 02:00 - 7 January, 2017
Givatayim Urban Villa / Amitzi Architects
Givatayim Urban Villa / Amitzi Architects, © Uzi Porat
© Uzi Porat

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Giv'atayim, Israel
  • Architect in Charge

    Lichen Amitzi
  • Structural engineer

    Doron Tweg
  • Area

    200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Uzi Porat
© Uzi Porat

Text description provided by the architects. An existing single-story, semi-detached house from the 1950's was remodeled and added a second story to accommodate a family of five.

The house, which follows the shape of the plot, is long and narrow, and apart from the entrance door the street façade is almost windowless. Toilettes on the ground floor and a deep balcony on the first floor buffer between the house and the busy road. 

© Uzi Porat
© Uzi Porat

Relocating the main entrance from its previous position on the long façade enabled us to plant a large garden and outdoor living area, visible and accessible via large glass sliding doors, which extends the living space outside.

© Uzi Porat
© Uzi Porat

In order to maintain sufficient privacy, the master bedroom is located on the ground floor and the children's bedrooms on the first. The master bedroom is located behind the kitchen, and faces away from it, to a private small garden of its own.

© Uzi Porat
© Uzi Porat

Structural reinforcements form an architectural language through which the house's history is revealed: addition to the ground floor is in exposed concrete, and the stairway opening cut from the existing ceiling is supported by steel columns.

© Uzi Porat
© Uzi Porat

The steel stairway, consisting of Z-shape elements, is the dominant feature in the living room. The stair railing continues upwards and merges with the first floor balustrade.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

The ground floor is paved with gray stone, which is used also as cladding of the bathroom walls, while the children's area is dark wooden floor. All carpentry elements are painted white. 

© Uzi Porat
© Uzi Porat

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Cite: "Givatayim Urban Villa / Amitzi Architects" 07 Jan 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/802830/givatayim-urban-villa-amitzi-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884

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