The city of Jaffa in modern day Israel is believed to be the oldest port city in the world. Thus when talk of an exciting refurbishment is heard about, it’s very difficult not to take a look inside. I’ve been to Jaffa a couple of times and found the city akin to a goldmine of cultural artefacts and designs echoing back thousands of years. The following photos explore the building’s interior which reflects the original look of the home in combination with contemporary touches to reflect the modern age.
The residential home is set in the oldest part of Jaffa above the ancient harbour and looks out across the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Although the buildings exact age is unknown it is estimated to be a few hundred years old. Originally in an increasingly dilapidated condition, the home was refurbished and designed to make it a highly attractive and appealing location for anyone to move into.
The potential was always there, with the rustic charm, the ancient and culturally rich surroundings plus of course the absolutely stunning sea view. The central aim of the redesign project was to restore the building’s interior to its original self as much as possible whilst also incorporating certain contemporary features and styles. A combination of the old and the new was then successfully achieved.
The old city of Jaffa is now part of the city of Tel Aviv and lies just south of Israel’s second most populous city. It was therefore known that it would be a highly popular locale for people working in the city of Tel Aviv-Yafo. The architects behind the project removed many of the interior walls to reveal the original beautiful sandstone brick columns.
An urban loft style environment has been gained by the incorporation of modern kitchen fittings, stainless steel furniture and the open-plan space gained from the removal of walls. The modern is seen in the additions whilst the old is reintroduced by the simple re-exposure of the original interior architecture. It works tremendously well.
One of the bedrooms features a transparent glass cylinder shower whilst the bedroom leads out onto an outdoor terrace. The sun rarely fails to shine in this part of the world and so the opening up of the space to daylight ensures a bright and cheerful interior.
The architects behind the project: Pitsou Kedem Architects.
All photographs belong to Amit Geron. (reproduced with permission)
Design team: Pitsou Kedem, Raz Melamed, Irene Goldberg.