axelrod architects + pistou kedem: light-catching afeka house axelrod architects + pistou kedem: light-catching afeka house
aug 22, 2013

axelrod architects + pistou kedem: light-catching afeka house

israeli firm axelrod architects has collaborated with pitsou kedem architects to complete afeka house, a light-harnessing tel aviv dwelling sporting crisp white planes and slivers of glazing. the mass of the form appears different from various vantage points; a street view shows a consolidated volume with a discreet aperture, while a courtyard perspective reveals a lateral, almost miesian hovering plane that wraps around the side of the structure and creates a top-lvel overhang.

image © amit geron / all images courtesy pitsou kedem architects



spaces of movement in the home are offset from the principal cube and fitted with a ribbon of glazing. the effect is the introduction of the sky as part of the building’s tectonic palette. the pointed absence of color and expert use of translucent materials articulate an architecture that acts as a device for capturing and choreographing diffused light. 

(left): view of the offset plane that contains a staircase and hall
(right): a glazed corridor separates the living room from the outdoors
image © amit geron

floors, walls and ceilings are rendered lightweight volumes
image © amit geron

view of the open-plan living room, kitchen and dining space
image © amit geron

(left): circulation is contained in tall offset spaces
(right): living and dining areas open to the pool and terrace
image © amit geron

interiors are extended with a whitewashed wood terrace
image © amit geron

circulation is treated as a potential space to connect to the sky and filter light
image © amit geron

image © amit geron

the spatial reach of the home is extended in a reflective pool
image © amit geron



project info:


location: tel aviv
architecture: pitsou kedem architects & irit axelrod architects
design team: pitsou kedem, irit axelrod, raz melamed, orit tsabari-elmaliach
total floor area: 350m2
site area:500
program: single family house


    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news