A Modern Kibbutz House

Private House

Kibbutz Lohamei HaGeta’ot, Galil
Built 180 sqm – Site 400 sqm

“This project by Henkin Shavit Architects took a section of the typical Israeli residential units, kibbutz, and transformed it into a modern house. With 200 square meters, it is designed for the needs of a young couple who plans to expand their family. One of the owners’ requirements was that their home was made with contemporary materials and very large spaces to be able to receive their many friends in total comfort”

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“Natural oak, transparent glass, iron, steel and soft thick-woven fabrics complete the palette of materials used in the interior, with their combinations creating a reassuring atmosphere resulting in a cosy private residence which also manages to reflect the spirit of a new generation living in the kibbutz.”


“A staircase built by the carpenter Sebastian Koch, who works in the kibbutz, leads to the second floor. The stairs are accompanied by two elongated parallel windows, similar to those on the ground floor. The upper floor was designed as a space with characteristics of a loft, and it has two high and open spaces that end in the sloping wooden beams of the roof.”


“The top floor was designed to preserve the building’s slope tiled roof structure. This slope ceiling was covered from the inside by male-female 33mm oak boards which were painted in shiny white finish.
The master bedroom is planned as a spacious loft and contains a sleeping area, wardrobe space, make-up unit, shower and toilet.”


A Modern Kibbutz House

The project dealt with the issue of a design revolution from an anonymous residential unit on an area of 200 square meters to a specific residential unit that responds to the needs and loves of a young couple in transition to a small family. The owner of the house, who was born in the city of Nahariya and her husband, a member of Kibbutz Lohamei Hagetaot, set up a challenging program that contains natural and contemporary materials, large and spacious spaces, and especially emphasized the need for a public space that will allow the guesting of their friends with comfortably and fun.
The program chosen by the studio to the lower floor included a living room and a kitchen, adjacent to the front yard, a guest unit, an office, guest services and a utility room.

On the second floor, the parents’ unit is located next to it, and an open studio space for the staircase, which functions as a flexible space that can be changed according to the needs of the future family. The materials in the house are a combination of natural oak with gray and black concrete, which are joined by openings in rusty black iron and transparent glass and sand blasting. The colors are on a scale of black, gray, light blue and white, with textures and finishes ranging from glossy to matte to rough and rough. In the house are scattered art and photography details as well as design details and furniture of the best design brands. The result – an “island” of design, beauty and personal taste within the fabric of the “second generation neighborhood” continue on the Israeli kibbutz.