Tel Aviv, Israel – November 26, 2018: Gottesman Architecture in collaboration with GSArch, unveil POSTSCRIPT, a modern, minimal, private home located in Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel. It is the first private home undertaken by Architect Asaf Gottesman in over a decade. Approached by a former client, this project offered an opportunity to re-sharpen old skills and to rekindle a discourse with both clients and friends. The result is a deceivingly simple design that appears both effortless and unassuming.
Architects: Gottesman Architecture
Cast in situ in fair-faced concrete, POSTSCRIPT reflects a preoccupation with meticulous detailing. Designed for a large and growing family, the home unifies several narratives while underlining the importance of the family nucleus. The POSTSCRIPT residence is a revisiting of a topic which was the main domain of expertise of Asaf Gottesman throughout the 1990’s.
Utilizing the plot’s minimal slope, the home is designed to appear as a single-floor house from the west, with a second floor visible from the east. A 20-meter long pool designed in parallel to the home liberates half of the property to serve as a garden and opens up the possibility to accommodate future additions.
As part of the initial concept, the clients requested to have their bedroom on the ground level adjacent to the living area, with the children’s rooms and family areas on the floor below. The family is blessed with four boys with the oldest being approximately 20 years older than the youngest who are twins. Family life is informal yet the aesthetic is minimal and rigorous. There is very little clutter and every item in the home is chosen carefully.
Like the house, the garden design is accurate with clearly defined areas. A set of large deciduous trees are positioned to the west of the house in order to cast shade as the sun begins its descent to the sea. In POSTSCRIPT, there are a host of ongoing conversations; between members of the family and the spaces they occupy, between inanimate concrete surfaces and the play of foliage. Because of the minimalistic nature of the architecture, there is space to listen and observe, to note the discourse of light and shade and to catch the momentary reflections of both architecture and nature.
“Designing Private Homes is the stuff of dreams. It is a complex and challenging undertaking that enables a great deal of experimentation at many scales. It requires one to develop a keen sense of hearing that goes beyond client program and stated objectives,” says Architect Asaf Gottesman. “The POSTSCRIPT residence was a means of re-sharpening our pencils and working with old clients and close friends. The clients are hands-on, creative thinkers with a keen sense of logic and instinctive disregard for established norms. It was truly a collaborative effort and transformative experience to create this beautiful home.”
The use of fair-faced concrete formed from regular planks strengthens the sense of minimalism, as do the large, thin-framed windows.
After more than 25 years of leading an international, award-winning architectural practice and more than 10 years spearheading important real estate developments, Arch. Asaf Gottesman has founded Gottesman Architecture; a new entity dedicated to Architecture Led Developments. The company will continue to focus upon luxury residential and hospitality projects, as well as, mixed-use developments that redefine the potential of selected sites and ensure both multiple values and extraordinary returns.
Founded by Architects Asaf Gottesman and Ami Szmelcman, GSArch is an award-winning, forward-thinking and innovative architecture firm based in Israel and France with an expanding fleet of projects around the world. With a profound knowledge in urban planning, residential, commercial and academic architecture, GSArch designs noteworthy projects all over the world. Among its current projects are a new management faculty at Tel Aviv University and co-designing the interiors of the new Microsoft Campus in Israel.