Sculptural and fascinating, the Ramat Gan House 2 sits at the confluence of transparency, geometric architecture and the flow of natural light. Designed by Tel-Aviv-based architect Pitsou Kedem, the residence displays a facade made of stripes of transparency and opacity that do a rhythmic dance of light and shadow. The closed white box has very few ornaments, relying on voids and architectural details to construct a sense of playfulness in a minimalist space. Light breaks the simple interiors in a multitude of prism-like moving shadows that use sunlight to transform the house during the day. There was no need to burden the interiors with unnecessary objects – the architects simplified the design but offered inhabitants an ever-changing design. The quiet interiors become alive and dynamic whenever sunlight passes through the slits and mellows down in cloudy weather. Perfectly adapted to changing light, the Ramat Gan House 2 will strike at least a cord in your heart.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic