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arnon nir architecture: sks house
oct 18, 2012
arnon nir architecture: sks house


‘sks house’ by arnon nir architecture
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‘sks house’, a ridged cube home by israeli arnon nir architecture is located in suburban tel aviv. with the decision to fit the largest cube
possible within the confines of the unique trapezoid shaped site, a general scheme is made of two components: a public area that includes
the formal living room and dining area facing a green sitting area located in the wider front part of the site. a private area which
includes an intimate family room, a study and kitchen, enjoy the narrower back part of the garden with a view to the swimming pool
and the neighboring pine grove.

the public and private components are dissected by a wide corridor between them which acts as the main circulation artery of the house
and includes the main double spaced entrance at one end and the vertical circulation at the other. the same scheme repeats itself on the
rest of the floors. the first floor is where all the bedrooms are located, and in the plan of the basement the main circulation artery leads
visitors either to the client’s painting studio or to the home entertainment space.


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reflecting on the clients great interest in textiles and textures, the material qualities of the design are comprised of three elements: stone,
wood and concrete. the stone cladding is the product of a local quarry which striates the rock with a set of discs, giving it subtle texture,
resembling the fabric of corduroy. this element repeats itself in the interior, where the wall facing the main entrance corridor creates
an ephemeral and immaterial railing in response to the powerful texture of the facade.

the stair banister is made of 10 mm diameter metal cords which runs twelve meters from the first floor ceiling to the basement. lumber is
used as the material for the shading canopy, the outdoor decks and the front door of the house. acting as reference to the horizontal
striated pattern of the stone, the wooden elements create intricate grids of teak and shadows. the outer fence is an in-situ concrete wall
which frames the site. the windows are framed with pre-cast elements, the largest spanning almost thirteen meters.


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