Henkin Shavit Architecture & Design completely redesigned a stunning 120m2 Mediterranean home in Bitzaron, Israel in 2019. The private house blends in perfectly with the surrounding landscape and creates an inviting feeling with cozy interiors and a rustic design. To get a better idea, you can simply check out the full story here after the renovation.
Renovated Mediterranean house
Originally built in 1935, this building belonged to one of the founders of Bitzaron, a small town on the east coast of the Mediterranean. The property is located in the midst of lush green fields, orange plantations and an impressive cactus garden.
These orchards also served as inspiration for the structural redesign. In this analogy, the rooms of the house symbolize the rows of trees, while the central room (dining area + kitchen) imitates the ridges.
It is a Mediterranean house that was previously in a state in which the rooms were so divided. This is similar to the architectural style at the beginning of the 20th century. Inspired by the planted ridges, the architects decided to open the central axis of the house.
So you have created a space that sets the stage for natural ventilation. The team also let in natural light from both ends of the axis this way. This enabled them to build a Mediterranean home made up of new and old.
In addition, this project focuses on historical reclamation, including the use of terrazzo floors. So the design is inspired by what once was. The facade of the house impresses with wooden shutters and salvaged doors, which are also reminiscent of the original.
The house is on 1 acre lot with outbuildings like an old chicken coop as well as a unit that was built for the family’s adult children but now serves as a guest house.
The designers approached this project with the ultimate goal of capitalizing on its heritage and geographic location while creating a modern space for the widow who lives there. The result is a secluded Mediterranean home where she can enjoy the beauty of her natural surroundings as well as the presence of her ancestors.
The combination of nostalgic furnishing elements and modern furniture gives the interior a particularly charming touch. With the room layout, the architects have achieved an optimal effect by providing each area with the necessary items.
The interior designers have transformed the small, open niche in the hallway into a small study by positioning a compact office table there. The retro-style wardrobe in the children’s room also combines perfectly with the rest of the colorful room furnishings.
Overall, such a Mediterranean house in the middle of nature makes a very pleasant impression and is reminiscent of a carefree summer. It is a secluded oasis of calm in which not only the residents, but also guests can feel very comfortable.