A small family of two – father and son – are happy to call the modern Kibuts House their home. Living in this modern home in Israel’s Lehavot Haviva kibbutz, is like continuously taking advantage of contemporary design that inspires their daily routine. Occupying 190 square meters on a 430 square meter property, the modern residence is part of the creative portfolio of Sharon Neuman Architects – you might remember the Harutzim House or House R. Displaying its cube shaped brick-covered architecture with pride, this inspiring home features an open floor plan sparkling under the perfect amount of natural light. The ground floor shelters a public zone divided between the living space, kitchen and dining. A separate bathroom and office space were cleverly hidden to ensure privacy.
Spaciousness was key to defining the house’s appeal, and light was guided inside and up to the next floor by choosing a glass railing for the wooden stairs, as you can see in the photos provided by Amit Gosher. Upstairs, the master bedroom and a second bedroom alongside the bathroom line up on the hallway, creating an inviting feeling. Flooded with natural light, the master bedroom showcases free standing colorful walls which define the bed, bath and closet space. Visually connected to the garden, public spaces downstairs open to the terrace, where a detached pergola offers protection from rain and direct sunshine, prolonging the intimate feeling given by the indoors. Which details would you chose to be part of your own home?
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light