Dubbed the mezzanine level of this house hovering above the kitchen and the living area holds two bedrooms and makes the most of the height of the interior. Designed by Architekti Šercel Švec the house was built on a base plate to protect the existing root system of vegetation on the landscape and this helped sustain a lush green garden that is connected with the interior visually. Sliding glass doors offer unabated views of the neighborhood even while extending the living room into the wooden deck and garden outside.
The new addition to the house is purposefully different from the traditional brick exterior of the house and while it does not draw aesthetically from the old structure it follows the home’s simple lines and uncomplicated form.
It is the landscape the views on offer and the neighborhood that often define the silhouette of the house and the balance between privacy and ‘openness’ when it comes to design. Nestled in Kibbutz Yehiam Israel tends to veer more towards the latter with its unique design that blurs the conventional boundaries between the interior and the world outside.
It is the creative folks from DADA & Partners that came up with a design that borrows from the aesthetics of a ‘gallery’ even while offering ample privacy and a smart interaction between the different public zones.
With a neutral color scheme and fabulous décor that adds color and pattern there is a great balance here between native decorative elements and clean contemporary design. Seemingly both dramatic and understated it is the hardwood battens that give the top level of the house its distinct identity regulate ventilation and provide an additional layer of privacy.
Promoting interaction between family members and offering ample space for hosting friends and family the design and layout ensure that there is never a dull moment at the James River House. Overlooking the flowing water and embracing the changing seasons and the many hues that they bring life at this imaginative home envelops you in green goodness!
Nothing transforms an interior completely like the right lighting. It could be a flood of natural light on some occasions and a carefully planned and executed combination of recessed and pendant lighting on others.