Villa C by Gal Marom Architects
From the architect. Villa C. Is a contemporary house which is located in the ancient city of Caesarea, Israel.
The position of the villa on the site was highly influenced by the climatic conditions of the Israeli coastal plan. In effect, the positioning of the house in the depth of the site influenced from the wind directions which allow the clients to enjoy the Mediterranean Sea breeze and energy saving via natural ventilation. Sun movement and natural light were also assimilated into the design, the sustainable approach gave this house the 2012 Honorable Mention of the Emilio Ambasz Award for Green Architecture.
The interior and exterior spaces were designed as “a whole” –Minimal structure, transparent walls and long vistas to the yard and pool blurs the borders between the interior and exterior and helped to create endless opportunities of optical illusion throughout the site. As one approaches the house from the street level, the monumental multi-functional wall is revealed. The wall stretches from one side of the house to the other and is read as though it is floating. It is covered with aluminum profiles in various sections. These sections have an esthetic role of creating breathtaking views as one is gazing to the entrance of the house as well as an ecological role in decreasing energy loss, inside the house due to the thickness of the wall and the insulation qualities of the profiles.
Natural materials – teak wood, aluminum, glass and gray basalt floor that were used to build the house, gives the villa the an organic, modern, clean feeling.
Architects: Gal Marom Architects
Location: Caesarea, Israel
Area: 510.0 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Itay Sikolsky