Eco Homes, Two Tree House Desgn by Golany Architects
Two Tree house design is a unique eco home built among mature pine trees. The modern house designed by Golany Architects features decks and roof design that allowed to save two large beautiful trees and add charming look to exterior design of this eco home.
This 484 square foot residence is located in Israel and designed by Tel-Aviv based firm Golany Architects, www.golanyarchitects.com/ among old Jerusalem pine trees that offer pleasant shade and wonderful aroma. Wood furniture and landscape paintings add rustic charm and cottage0like feel to house interiors.
Natural wood and stone are main materials for this modern house exterior design. Dark brown colors of natural wood and light gray tones of stone, wooden walls and wrought iron details create a pleasant house exterior that looks harmonious with surroundings.
Two Tree House design
Modern house design description by the architects
The house is constructed among mature Jerusalem pine trees. Two of the trees have grown in the exact place where the house was to be located. The site was tight, and this led to the decision to integrate the two trees within the perimeter of the house. Preserving and rendering the mature trees as part of the house required attention and care. It was a daring decision that resulted in a house with a special ambiance.
The house, which now appears to have grown there, actually began as a recycled shipping container. It was constructed by applying prefabrication wherever possible, with all the interior finishes, insulation and structure completed off-site. It was brought to the site fully prepared to serve as a dwelling. The timber cladding, light roof over steel ceiling, stone work, and decks were designed in advance, and were complimented by works on site, after the house was inhabited.
Prefabrication was chosen to achieve the tight time frame and budget, but also as part of the strategy to preserve the trees. With the local construction practice, which is typically heavy masonry construction, it would be impossible to save and preserve the trees.
The pines not only lend desirability to this unique house but also serve as a natural source of air-conditioning. Their shade also protects the timber from the harsh sun. The pine trees were examined as part of the design process. Their continued growth is monitored and responded to, which results in a house that is a living structure.
by Ena Russ
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