“The non-visible house”, built in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood of Tel Aviv, is on Dgania St., one of three original streets of the first Tel Aviv urban grid created in the late 19th century. There are two types of houses in the neighbourhood: one type consists of a row of connected houses facing the street, forming a continuous wall, as in the case of the original house on the site. The second type consists of courtyards containing small structures.
The form and volumetric composition are closely related to their urban context, while we attempted a strategy that seeks to improve upon this logic. A habitable block suspended between two patios of different dimensions, and between two swaths of light and greenery, allows natural ventilation of the living room and kitchen on the ground floor. This device is invisible from outside the house, hidden by a long “blind” wall. The powerful presence of this wall facing the street expresses the introverted nature of the house, while serving as an integrating mechanism. Its related vertical elements on the street façade appear disconnected from each other, as a play on perspective, and to draw attention to the greenery.