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Piers Taylor and Caroline Quentin are in Israel, where exciting modern houses are inspired by rich cultural and historical traditions.

Piers Taylor and Caroline Quentin are in Israel, where exciting modern houses are inspired by rich cultural and historical traditions. J-House is in Herzliya, a millionaire's playground by the Med. It is a palatial white home tucked away in a suburban plot and reached by a bridge over lush gardens. Piers and Caroline discover luxurious, warm and vibrant interiors that contrast with the modernist facade. Glass walls open up to connect the entire living area with the gardens and pool.

Shutter House sits on a hillside overlooking the Sea of Galilee. It is an elegant, unshowy house, and its subtle colours and materials match the soil and stone of the olive and carob groves. To combat the 40-degree heat, the architects used a traditional system of balconies, breezeways and beautiful wooden screens, which cast light and shadows throughout this peaceful house. Caroline says being here is 'a religious experience.'

Piers and Caroline's next destination is the historic city of Jerusalem. Barud House is a love poem to Jerusalem stone - named after the warning cry given by quarry workers before detonating explosives. Its facade is made from 50,000 white stone tiles, arranged into a symmetrical pattern that casts shadows across the house all day. Inside Piers and Caroline discover more stone - the rough rock face behind the house has been left exposed and is boldly revealed behind a glass wall. Gleaming white interiors, a swimming pool, games room and big city views enhance the glamour of this striking house.

The final stop is the Arab village of Musmus and the House of Three Gardens. Tel Aviv architect Ron Fleisher has designed a house that combines traditional Islamic architecture with modernism. He has linked existing buildings with a stunning double-height traditional liwan, or entrance hall, and a gleaming white staircase. Ron also designed a light, spacious drawing room and created three beautiful themed gardens to honour the family's farming history.

59 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:04

    The 5th Dimension

    Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In

  • 00:05

    Nina Simone

    I Put A Spell On You (Album Version)

  • 00:06

    Henry Mancini

    Lujon

  • 00:08

    John Dankworth

    The Good Life

  • 00:10

    Portishead

    Glory Box

  • 00:11

    Glenn Miller

    Moonlight Serenade

  • 00:14

    Henry Mancini

    Champagne and Quail

  • 00:17

    Etta James

    At Last

  • 00:19

    Passenger

    Anywhere

  • 00:21

    Morcheeba

    The Sea

  • 00:26

    Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band

    Here Comes The Sun

  • 00:28

    Cat Stevens

    The Wind

  • 00:33

    The Beta Band

    Squares

  • 00:34

    Jon Hopkins

    Lost in Thought

  • 00:36

    Bonobo

    Cirrus

  • 00:37

    Massive Attack

    Better Things

  • 00:37

    Massive Attack

    Better Things

  • 00:37

    The Limp Twins

    Sunday Driver

  • 00:38

    Whilk and Misky

    Darklands

  • 00:46

    Sting, Gordon Sumner

    Desert Rose

  • 00:47

    The Script

    Dead Man Walking

  • 00:51

    The Script

    FlaresĀ 

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Caroline Quentin
Presenter Piers Taylor
Production Company Wall to Wall Media
Series Producer Simon Davies
Director Emma Webster
Executive Producer Anna Miralis

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