A Light and Bright Concrete House by Omer Arbel
Being so surrounded by lighting day to day here at Lumens, oftentimes we (okay, maybe it’s just me) get so focused on a designer’s lighting pieces that we forget about all the other creative things they might be doing out there. For example, we know Omer Arbel mostly for his popular and wonderful line of Bocci Lighting pendants. However, his skills as an architect are as equally impressive as his lighting, as evidenced by the home shown here.
The Vancouver-based Arbel spent several years designing and building this home, from 2006-2010. Its design inspiration initially came from massive beams of Douglas Fir that had been reclaimed from demolished warehouses. These beams provide the main support for the wooden roof, together with walls made of poured concrete. The overall structure is at once angular and flat, allowing it to flow naturally with the sloping terrain on which it was built. The house is also noticeable for its enormous banks of windows, which open everything up, lighten up the otherwise solid monolithic design and make the most of the view outside. Such opening up is often quite literal, as many of the ground level windows are actually accordion doors, able to be folded away to bring the outside into the interior living spaces.
It is no surprise to us that the most whimsical part of the design is the lighting. Here, Arbel has installed dozens of his new Bocci 28 Series Pendants. With their organic clear glass outer spheres and white inner cavities, these pendants float like bubbles throughout the main living area. Beautiful during the day, their glow at night borders on the mystical.