Forest dreaming: The iconic Israel House, 20 years on
Some 20 years after the iconic Israel House was completed, the compact owner-built home is still making waves. Architect and Light Home Design Ambassador Misho Vasiljevich shares his commentary.
The Israel House, built for graphic designer Ken Israel, by architects Peter Stutchbury and Phoebe Pape, was built in the bushy hill country overlooking Pittwater in Sydney, Australia’s northern peninsula. The three story house, built alongside a rocky hillside, extends far into the canopy of the surrounding trees. The ground level houses the utilities of the house, including the bathroom and laundry facilities. The middle floor is the main living area, which includes the kitchen, and the main entry way to the house. From the living room, stairs lead up to the top story, which is the bedroom. (…)