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Modest Yet Mesmerizing – A Project by Shlomit Zeldman

Modest Yet Mesmerizing - A Project by Shlomit Zeldman

Project: Modest Yet Mesmerizing
Planning and design: Architect Shlomit Zeldman
Plot: 244 sqm
Location: Israel
Photograph: Shai Gil

This property, a vibrant and lively home of five, belongs to a hi-tech professional couple and their three grown children. Despite the narrow and relatively small 244 sqm plot, the owners managed to build their dream home, which features stunning swimming pool

This hi-tech professional couple who loves to entertain hired Architect Shlomit Zeldman, owner of “Shlomit Zeldman Design Studio”, to make their dream home come true. The process took over two years from start to finish, during which time the long and narrow plot was made the most of. According to Zeldman, the process took two and a half years, starting with the planning and permit applications, and ending with the construction itself. “The plans focused on the swimming pool as the property centerpiece, surrounded by seating areas, an outdoor kitchen, and all the mod cons you could think of, to stylishly entertain guests”, she adds.

Modest Yet Mesmerizing - A Project by Shlomit Zeldman

Modest Yet Mesmerizing - A Project by Shlomit Zeldman

Zeldman believes that the challenge with a small, narrow, and long plot is to find ways to make the most of the space. “In order to ‘break’ the long and narrow space up, I used two different architecturally dominant materials. The first level was designed as an exposed concrete cube-like structure, and the second level was designed as a clean white cube”, she explains.

Modest Yet Mesmerizing - A Project by Shlomit Zeldman

kitchen,  Shlomit Zeldman

The long facade is north facing, but Zeldman needed to address the openings facing east and west when the sun is at its strongest during the morning and noon hours. “As a result, we fitted the entire property with blinds throughout”, she explains.

Modest Yet Mesmerizing - A Project by Shlomit Zeldman

living room, Shlomit Zeldman

The structural walls on the ground level were designed in exposed concrete to correspond with the level’s exterior. The kitchen, lounge and dining area, all of which were designed as one large open space, were fitted with solid wood floors to warm the space up in contrast to the cool concrete. The ground level, predominantly decorated in shades of gray, wood and black, is composed of two main spaces: on one side, a quieter area that includes a reading corner and dining area and on the other, a more lively and busy area of a lounge, kitchen, and breakfast bar. The garden can be accessed from both sides, which are subtly separated by a stairwell fitted with a dominant industrial handrail.

Modest Yet Mesmerizing - A Project by Shlomit Zeldman

Both the interior and the exterior of the property blend perfectly and harmoniously together, which is noticeable no matter where you are in the property.

bedroom, Shlomit Zeldman

The property was designed in a modern, clean, and minimalist style. The open plan kitchen cabinets incorporate subtle rustic elements, whilst the island is black and modern. The use of monochrome black in the kitchen keeps the space from looking too busy.

Modest Yet Mesmerizing - A Project by Shlomit Zeldman

bathroom, Shlomit Zeldman

swimming pool, Shlomit Zeldman

Modest Yet Mesmerizing - A Project by Shlomit Zeldman

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