Take a passing glance at this house in Ramat Gan, Israel, and it's no great shakes.
Boxy, brutal, and — at a glance — boring. Or, as the architects themselves put it, the "Concrete Cut" residence presents "a monolithic operation of materials with a deep, monochromatic range of colors." Those colors range from steel grey to cloud grey to regular old grey grey.
Get inside, though, and its treasures make themselves evident. The house’s sweeping facades are more glass than concrete, causing its interiors to shimmer as sunlight and the reflection of the pool outside play at the walls and vaulted ceilings.
Pitsou Kedem, the architecture firm behind this house, is based in Tel Aviv. If you're in the neighborhood and looking for something gorgeous and fierce, we recommend a thorough perusal of their catalogue.