Contemporary Stone Villa in Neve Ilan, Israel

Stone Villa : a modern villa in Israel on the border of two worlds

Architects : Dana Oberson Architects
 Photos  ©  Amit Geron

Architectural studio Dana Oberson Architects recently completed a new project in Neve Ilan,
 the oldest kibbutz founded with the founding of the State of Israel. The site borders the Arab
 city of Abu Ghosh, where remains of historic biblical settlements have been discovered. 
The two-storey house of 560 square meters is built on a gentle slope overlooking the
 Neve Ilan forest, the lowlands and the Mediterranean Sea at the horizon. 

Dana Oberson :
"The house, located on the border of two cities - Arab and Jewish,
 has become a kind of conditional outpost, calling for respect for
 neighbors and peaceful coexistence"

The entrance group is single-level, well integrated into the environment.

The well-lit foyer, which forms a double space, is located between two stone volumes. 
Through the glazed entrance to the house, magnificent panoramas of the terraces and the forest
 open up. On the upper level of the glass foyer, an internal bridge connects the master bedroom
 to the others. The materials chosen are rough and textured: brutal concrete ceilings, brushed 
burnt oak paneling in the kitchen and foyer, natural iron on the stairs, in the living room in
 the library and an abundance of raw local stone. A black basalt floor connects the
 interior to the exterior, another locally quarried material that has been given 
a new interpretation as the floor of the home.

Dana Oberson :
“The choice of material fell on the raw stone from which the agricultural terraces of 
Neve Ilan are built. We liked how the layers of history are visible in the stone. We wanted
 to tell the story of identity and context through structure in which this stone is an important
 component. The raw stone slabs flow from the outside into the interior 
spaces of the house and connect them.”

The house ends with an outdoor terrace and an infinity pool that
 blends in  with the terraces, skyline and sky.

Dana Oberson :
“During the development of the project, it was important for us to avoid that fences
 and barriers assimilate with the landscape. Due to the location of the house, we thought 
it could act as a connecting element rather than a dividing border. Unlike solid fences 
that connect two points and create a border, we designed a fence of free-form flat
 iron poles that serve as the basis for the growth of climbing plants and 
integrate with the landscape as much as possible. ”

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