Old Jaffa House 4 : How To Renovate An Old House


Design Team : Pitsou Kedem Architects  
Program : single family home
 Design : 2015-2019
 Total floor area : 210 sqm
 Total site area : 280 sqm


Adjacent to the side of the hill rock on the edge of ancient Jaffa Port, 
this apartment is a collection of 300-year-old spaces built around a central patio.
 The basis of the concept - searching for a stitch between Ottoman architecture and 
the contemporary architecture of the studio, and the connection between ancient 
building traditions and innovative technologies - such as glazed arches without 
divisions in axial opening and roofs containing modern infrastructure.

In the design of the apartment, an engineering effort was invested to connect
 the spaces in scope to create a flow between them. The original stone used to build the
 vaults was exposed and treated, and the arched doorways that were opened were filled with
 glass doors in blackened bronze frames, revolving around a central or lateral pivot. The
 levels have been redesigned to accommodate the desired uses and a smoothed
 concrete floor unites the interior and pat

The main design gesture is expressed in a dynamic metal cladding, which
 "travels" along the stone walls and accompanies them, containing behind them electrical
 pipes, air conditioning systems, stone niche storage and more. Occasionally, the wall 
cladding meets a joinery element and is functionally accompanied by it as a door,
 bed  back  or  railing.  The interior  partitions were designed in carpentry and
 detached from the stone vaults to create sub-spaces in the arched open space.

Access to the apartment is via stairs leading to the patio that takes advantage
 of the Mediterranean climate. The stairs are accompanied by a bronze railing adapted
 to the harsh weather conditions near the sea. From the patio that forms the center of
 the house, the various spaces are split. The main space includes a living room facing
 the sea terrace, master bedroom, kitchen and dining area. The patio has access to two
 more bedrooms and bathrooms. The material palate is minimal and includes
 concrete, stone, light wood, aluminum inside and bronze outside, and a 
combination of bronze shades to reflect the unique environment.

Photos  ©  Amit Geron 


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