Urban Chic by Ron Shpigel

Urban Chic is a modern two-story house located in Oranit, Israel, recently designed by Ron Shpigel.

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The home is located in Oranit, Israel for a couple who bought a plot and wanted to build their dream home. The plot is 300 square meters in a two-family dwelling. The family consists of a couple with two small children.

The house was designed to maximize the use of the land space sitting on a basement with an additional 2 stories. Each floor is the same size, about 80 sq.

The house has modern designed lines, the materials play between cold and hot and rustic – on one side concrete wall and straight lines, and on the other Belgian windows in with a white, warm floor. A game between hot and cold.

The basement is mostly for recreational needs, including a family corner, a work area, a little play area for children, and of course the protected space.

The entrance floor is designed with a large open area, located alongside the garden area and entrance, creating a sense of wide-open space. The only walled area is a long 2 family wall without openings. This element was utilized to create a large exposed concrete wall that accompanies the entire length of the house and staircase, which is a central design element. The vertical axis connects all floors, from the basement to the top floor. It is a dominant and significant wall that gives depth to the home and will be a wonderful backdrop for stairs. The staircase is made of 12 mm thick tin, with oak paneling, which looks like the wood is “swallowed” in metal. Its central railing is made of stainless-steel strings.

In addition, a huge library was designed to accompany the entire height of the house, approximately 10.5 meters in length. When the library on each floor is used by the tenants for different needs – in the basement for the children, the entrance is used to store a cooking library with decorative books and upstairs as a leisure library.

The whole house has flooring of light oak that provides a warm feeling to the space. The front-facing garden and pool with minimalist windows and the ceiling in the central space were scattered amorphous lighting fixtures that generate interest and humor in the ceiling.

The kitchen is a mix of modern and rural styles. To the right is a large white wall that hides the white electrical products and the opposite is a country-style island. The kitchen is relatively large, but it is divided into a “hidden” area and a dominant seen area. On the other side is a small family corner for the family core, with a huge showcase facing the garden. A place where the children gather, providing an intimate moment for the entire household.

The living room has a central and dominant sofa with a backrest that allows you to lie down, host, sit and chill, and beside it an armchair and footstool so that the setting is informal but family orientated. The living room has a pool and garden exit. The pool has been designed with a raised cover to close the pool for safety when it is not in use, a seating area for entertaining guests, and a treehouse adding a decorative atmosphere while making a great play area for children.

Photography by Regev Kelef

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- by Matt Watts