Architect: Pitsou Kedem Architect
Typology: private residence
Located in the ancient city of Jaffa, a few kilometres from Tel Aviv, this apartment of 100 square meters overlooks the harbour which, according to the Old Testament, saw the landing of the Lebanese cedar wood used to build the Temple of Solomon.
It was this unique setting, the remarkable historical value of its surroundings and the building in which it is housed that guided the hand of Israeli architects’ studio, Pitsou Kedem, who recently carried out the renovation.
It was decided to rediscover the original shape and materials of this centuries-old building, which has over time undergone many changes and transformations. With its later additions removed, the walls, impressive arches and vaults now reveal their pure beauty once again. The authentic appearance of the exterior has also been restored to disclose the clean lines of the building, which match with surprising ease the wholly contemporary minimalism of the Pitsou Kedem style.
The spirit of renovation shifts between these two poles: on one hand there is total respect for the historical importance of the area, particularly evident in the rediscovery of the materials (including the combination of ceramic and sand) and authentic textures; on the other hand there is a powerful desire for a contemporary look,especially clear in the new layout of the interior.
Now opened up to flow more freely, the living,kitchen and dining areas become one dynamic continuum,and the single curved wall of the transparent Parapan® Chiocciola shower, designed by Benedini Associati – with its shape inspired by nature and extreme simplicity of its design – enters the bedroom in perfect harmony.
The overall effect of the house is that of an urban loft, with elements of stainless steel and iron, where the furnishings, windows and doors are modern, but whose historical ancestry and almost ascetic language is clearly perceptible. The dichotomy of styles and periods of this apartment blend perfectly to form an outstandingly successful balance.
photography: Amit Geron