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Jaffa Apartment / Pitsou Kedem Architect

  • 01:00 - 25 August, 2011
Jaffa Apartment / Pitsou Kedem Architect
Jaffa Apartment / Pitsou Kedem Architect, © Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron +26

  • Location

    Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • Architect

    Pitsou Kedem Architect
  • Project Team

    Pitsou Kedem, Raz Melamed, Irene Goldberg
  • Area

    105.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

From the architect. 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.

© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

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. 

© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

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.

© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

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.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Jaffa Apartment / Pitsou Kedem Architect" 25 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/162537/jaffa-apartment-pitsou-kedem-architect/>
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45 Comments

Bendheim · December 03, 2011

#architecture Traditional + modern, stone + #glass, a phenomenal contrast: http://t.co/lCpaC624

michael chyutin · September 18, 2011

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.

Red Wolf · September 05, 2011

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Andrey Lemishko · August 27, 2011
alex raynes-goldie · August 26, 2011

now THIS is an apartment: hundreds of years of heritage and a killer view of the Mediterranean sea http://t.co/ffkPa4Z via @archdaily

Jenny · August 26, 2011

As Tina Fey would say: I want 2 go there (but replace go w/ live) RT @terra4383 Incredible. Can I please live here? http://t.co/geQA3ya

Manu · August 26, 2011

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Rhiannon Taylor · August 26, 2011

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Style, Shape, Form. · August 26, 2011

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Cedric van der Ploeg · August 26, 2011

Een reden om in Israel te wonen - http://t.co/ZePa0mC

Centor4 · August 26, 2011

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Andre Weststrate · August 26, 2011

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Krystal Simpson · August 26, 2011

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Terra Caussin · August 26, 2011

This is incredible. Seriously, can I please live here? http://t.co/aJajDTm

Chris Doherty · August 26, 2011

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McGahon Architects · August 25, 2011

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Mihaela · August 25, 2011

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Achille · August 25, 2011

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

Martin · August 27, 2011 12:46 AM

Sorry, but this building was belong to the church before..

Zied · August 26, 2011 05:56 AM

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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brb001 · August 25, 2011

Gorgeous!

frank barkow · August 25, 2011

Beautiful project Pitsou, way to go..

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