A Tel Aviv residence that floats amidst pools of water
We have already witnessed the work of Israeli architect Pitsou Kedem and his team, but the aptly named Float House takes architectural lightness to a new level.
The design explores a connection between interior and exterior that is both transparent and guarded. As with many individual homes, the public exterior can represent an invasion of privacy, therefore the street-facing exterior of the Float House remains discreet. A shroud of gray cladding and wooden slats that maintain intimacy without blocking natural light, providing a literal boundary between inside and outside.
When entering the home, a basalt rock trail leads across a reflective pool that mirrors the sky and immediately creates a calm space bridging interior and exterior.
In contrast to the exterior, the opposite side of the home is completely open. Floor-to-ceiling glass exposes the house to an interior courtyard of vegetation and more reflective pools. In the evening, thanks to the mirror-like nature of both glass and water, the house actually seems to be floating.
Even the two, ultra-thin roofs were conceived to give an impression of impossible levity. They were constructed with the lightweight materials and merge together at one central point, seeming to hover above the structure. The sensation is further accentuated by the transparent glass walls on the inner face of the home.