Earthy materials meet modern design in this contemporary style wood and concrete house by Argentinean architect Nestor Sandbank. The clean-lined home in Kfar Shmariau (one of Israel’s richest areas) features a warm, timber-wrapped upper level which appears to float atop the glass-enclosed main, bringing lightness to the solidity of the wood and concrete elements. The warmly lit interiors reflect in the pool outside, inviting the indoors out and throwing yet another organic element to the plan. The home’s exterior and its alfresco living spaces have been thoughtfully designed with the same simple, modern edge which characterizes this home as a whole. Meanwhile, interiors are just as cool and contemporary, featuring a collection of avant-garde furnishings set against a minimalist backdrop.
Nature plays a key role in the home’s exterior aesthetic. A lush lawn abuts a koi pond, framing the perimeter of the home. The home itself, from the main entrance, is largely closed in by concrete and wood with just a narrow strip of glass running along the lower wall.
The wood is rich and varied in tone, enhancing the home’s organic aesthetic.
The lower windows are at pond level, giving interiors a view of this unique feature.
A wooden walkway ushers residents and guests past the pond and into the home.
A whimsical chandelier welcomes you into the bright, open interior. Directly opposite the entrance, a glass wall offers views of the backyard, delivering nature and privacy.
The white interiors and large dining table amplifies the natural light flooding the space. In contrast, we love the simple black chairs.
Past the dining area, the open-concept layout leads into the living area. High, solid walls make this space the perfect venue for displaying modern art and furniture.
A low window encircling the space offers natural light and pond views without compromising privacy or the gallery aesthetic.
The natural light in this kitchen makes for an amazing workspace.
A modern, minimalist stair zigzags its way up the wall to the private upper level. The slim, steel design is like art in itself.
The view from inside the concrete block, visible from the outside.
The bedroom boasts soaring ceilings and high walls of glass that slide open to an
And here’s the rear view – a resort-style retreat overlooked by the interiors, hidden from public view.
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