Jaffa Apartment / Pitsou Kedem Architect

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The 100 square meter residential home is located in Old Jaffa. Its location is unique in that it is set above the harbor, facing west with all of its openings facing the majestic splendor 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.

Architect: Pitsou Kedem Architect
Location: Old Jaffa, ,
Project Team: Pitsou Kedem, Raz Melamed, Irene Goldberg
Project Area: 105 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Amit Geron

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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 Pitsou Kedem Architect 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.

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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 loft 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 honoring 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.

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Cite: "Jaffa Apartment / Pitsou Kedem Architect" 25 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=162537>

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    The reason why the architects cannot ascertain the building’s ‘exact age’ is because it was confiscated from the Palestinians who would have known.

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      I think Achille is completely right, Jaffa, once a great city in Palestine, famous for its port and trade, was occupied by the militant Zionist groups, homes were confiscated from Palestinians, the rightful owners, they would have known.
      I bet this Pitsou guy knows that very well.

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    this is no more then an o.k. interior design
    that over-shadows the original architecture.
    the renewal doesn’t bring-up any new thing in the
    house and takes away from the old one.
    also the fact that the building is Palestines stolen properties is just wrong! especially in this time and age, and of course you don’t publish it.

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