Indoor-outdoor home designs often feature large glass windows to create that seamless transition. But this home in Israel takes it one step further— the architects lifted the roof off the walls to create an opening in the walls, ensuring that there is no break between the interior and exterior.
The 2,152-square-foot house, named the “Bare House,” is located in Herzlia, a city north of Tel Aviv and right on the Mediterranean Coast. Architects Tamar Jacobs and Oshri Yaniv, founders of local firm Jacob-Yaniv Architects, built the house for their family.
Open space and fluidity are the focal points for their design. They wanted to create a lighter home that allows them to enjoy the fruit trees growing on the site, so they installed ceiling beams that separate the roof from the walls and a clerestory window around the perimeter to offer glimpses of the outside. Exposed concrete breeze blocks and a concrete roof create continuity throughout.
"The green surroundings, ideal daylight, and western breeze from the closeby Mediterranean were our starting point,” the architects told Dezeen.
The house is divided into three main areas. On one side is the children’s area, on another is the parents’, and in the middle is the living room, which looks out to the decked patio and garden.
"The desire was that the lounge would act like a courtyard—an enclosed garden, an extension of the garden inside the house," they said.