A Contemporary Apartment in a Historic Stone Building in Israel
An ancient historic building facing towards Europe and the west in Jaffa has been renovated by Pitsou Kedem Architect to add a contemporary interior.
An urban loft environment is conjured with a smooth and refined expanse of floor that’s sleek and contemporary, while elements such as the shape of the windows gracefully echo the original structure.
Its Old Jaffa location is rich in history, facing the majestic splendor of the Mediterranean Sea.
The interior that had undergone many previous alterations and new walls, was peeled back to the old stone walls, reopening the airy interior spaces of antiquity.
The building has been cleaned of all of the extraneous elements, from newer wall coverings and has undergone a peeling process to expose its original state.
The romance of the historical location is preserved in the textures and materials of the building’s structure.
Despite the time differences, the tensions and the dichotomy between the periods exist in a surprisingly balanced and harmonic space.
The renovation restores the structure’s original characteristics, the stone walls, the segmented ceilings and the arches including the exposure of the original materials