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A modernist home for the ages

Israeli architect Pitsou Kedem designs a home for his family near Tel Aviv.

The home features a floor plan that opens right up to the backyard.The home features a floor plan that opens right up to the backyard.The home features an open floor plan that melds both indoors and out in seamless fashion. (Photo: Amit Geron)

When Israeli architect Pitsou Kedem went looking for inspiration to build a home for himself and his family, he simply looked around his neighborhood near Tel Aviv.

Incorporating the materials and style of neighboring 1950s houses, he designed a great-looking 4,000-square-foot modernist-inspired home “characterized by buildings with low silhouettes and horizontal lines set in a rich grove of eucalyptus trees,” Kedem writes in a project description. The two-level structure has a low silhouette facing the road that is obscured by evergreen Brachychiton trees. The architect says that it “was designed to blend in with the architectural characteristics of the other homes, all built using modern architectural values.”

The exterior of Pitsou Kedem's home is a piece of art itself.The exterior of Pitsou Kedem's home is a piece of art itself. (Photo: Amit Geron)

The design includes skylights and windows to let in natural light and provide views of eucalyptus trees outside. Poised on a sloping plot almost double its size, the house has a seductive indoor-outdoor feel.

Materials such as exposed concrete, iron, raw wood and silicate bricks give the house a sleek feel. Clever touches like a floating concrete ceiling keep the house feeling light and airy despite the industrial finishes.

Circular windows stand in contrast to many of the home's more boxy features.Circular windows stand in contrast to many of the home's more boxy features. (Photo: Amit Geron)

Round windows of varying sizes add balancing curves to the home’s boxy lines and allow light pouring in from the skylight to scatter throughout the space, which is decorated with Israeli art and furnishings by leading brands and designers.

Kedem says he was going for a timeless design. This unpretentious, comfortable and stylish family home in Tel Aviv is a perfect illustration of how the clean lines and open spaces that characterize modernist style have truly stood the test of time – and continue to capture the imaginations of people around the world.

The home of architect Pitsou Kedem blends both modern and classic elements.The home of architect Pitsou Kedem blends both modern and classic elements. (Photo: Amit Geron)

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