Architect Roey Alroey opened his home during the Houses from Within – Jerusalem tour in September (you’ll be seeing homes from this for awhile.) His newly built, three floor home was designed to keep the feel of his neighborhood, Kiryat Yovel. The neighborhood is filled with old homes that have been added on in a “we need so we add-on” organic fashion.
As such he kept the finishes simple and the materials inexpensive.
The design, however, raises up the various elements to a much higher aesthetic.
The shelves are pressed wood and the finish is the simplest of unfinished concrete. The cabinets are the least expensive basic white cabinets you can find (touched up with some pretty colorful drawer knobs) and the main counter top is basic stone found everywhere in Israel.
Notice that the drawer pulls don’t match? Love that.
The downstairs is open. The front patio has massive sliding glass doors that open to the sitting area (above) and across from that is another area where the cushions are Moroccan style (on the floor).
The center cement and wood island separates the TV area from the main sitting room, hides the television, and still keeps the area open. The wood counter across the back blocks the area from the patio, framing the space and keeping it from being a walkway to the kitchen. It also adds another location to work.
I want that carpet.
The back patio overlooks this. I could live with that.
The cement theme is outside the house as well. Roey has no plans to finish off the concrete with color.
The other floors are open as well with the house radiating around the atrium.
The second floor bedrooms have openings to the atrium or hall that have no relation to doorways. This is an opening to the master bedroom.
And this is the opening to the girls room. Roey wanted to be able to hear what was going on with his kids throughout the house – something I can absolutely appreciate. When things are too quiet, something is wrong.
And the room looks – like a kids room.
The master bedroom is simple, with all of the elements close to the ground so nothing distracts you from the view.
The third floor is a loft/office with two attached bedrooms (without openings).
The window at the top is opposite the loft office and has a balcony.
And the photo I took which shows the sea didn’t turn out… but this still isn’t such a bad view…
Roey Alroey, architect in Jerusalem. Without a website, davka. (Davka is Yiddish. I can’t translate it exactly, but a Gay Republican is davka. That should give you a good idea.)
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