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D House

Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv

Plot size. 100 sqm

Architect Tzvi Harel in colaboration with milic+architects

Photos: Mikaela Burstow

3 floors of 65 m² surround a courtyard in a townhouse in Tel Aviv.

Built on a 100 m² lot and sharing a wall with neighbors to the north and south, the house was designed as a residence for a mature couple.

Most houses in this neighborhood in south Tel Aviv have only two exposures: Front and Rear. This typology results in non-private facades that are easily visible from the street. First floor windows are usually quite small and often closed with shutters. Entry doors open directly onto the sidewalk, with no spaces in between.

D House offers a different approach. To create maximum privacy, we have created a courtyard as a buffer between the house and the street. The entrance through the courtyard allows a gradual transition between public and private. The courtyard also creates a third facade facing south, allowing southern sun to enter the kitchen and bedroom on that side. This façade, set back from the street and facing the courtyard, is designed to be completely open. The floor- to-ceiling windows and the access shaft of the house fill the house with bright natural light, while the facade facing the street can remain private and opaque.



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