Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Stairs, Wood Dining Table, Wood Store, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

The Jaffa House was completed in 2013 by the Tel Aviv based studio Pitsou Kedem. This project included the renovation of a historic residence in Old Jaffa, set above the harbour with wonderful views over the Mediterranean Sea.

The Jaffa House is located in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Entrance, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Balcony, Large Windows, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Lighting, Dining Table, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Dining Room, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Kitchen, Dining Room, Lighting, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Stairs, Living Space, Bedroom, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Coffee Table, Rug, Stairs, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Living Space, Coffee Table, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Stone Walls, Stairs, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Rug, Sofa, Stairs, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Stairs, Living Room, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Stairs, Lighting, Living Room, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Stairs, Detail, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Stairs, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Bedroom, Mezzanine, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Canevas Collection, Rug, Stairs, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Canevas Collection by Charlotte Lancelot, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Bedroom, Glass Doors, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Canevas Collection Rug, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

White & Black Bathroom, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Sea Views, Kitchen, Large Windows, Contemporary Renovation in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Jaffa House in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv, details by Pitsou Kedem:

“The language of minimalism imbedded in a historic residence in Old Jaffa. The 180 square meter residential home is located in Old Jaffa. Its location is unique in that it is set above the harbour, facing west with all of its openings facing the majestic splendour of the Mediterranean Sea.

Whilst it is difficult to determine the buildings exact age, it is clear that it is hundreds of years old. Over the years, it has undergone many changes and had many additions made that have damaged the original quality of the building and its spaces. The central idea was to restore the structure’s original, characteristics, the stone walls, the segmented ceilings and the arches including the exposure of the original materials (a combination of pottery and beach sand).

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. Surprisingly, modern, minimalistic construction styles remind us of and correspond with the ascetic style of the past, and this despite the vast time difference between them.

The central idea was to combine the old and the new whilst maintaining the qualities of each and to create new spaces that blend the styles together even intensify them because of the contrast and tension between the different periods. The historical is expressed by preserving the textures and materials of the buildings outer shell and by respecting the building engineering accord. The modern is expressed by the opening of spaces and by altering the internal flow to one more open and free and the creation of an urban home environment along with the use of stainless steel, iron and Korean in the various partitions, in the openings and in the furniture.

The project succeeds in both honouring and preserving the historical and almost romantic values of the structure whilst creating a contemporary project, modern and suited to its period. Despite the time differences, the tensions and the dichotomy between the periods exist in a surprisingly balanced and harmonic space.”

Photos By: Amit Geron

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