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40 sqm Refurbishment / SFARO

  • 01:00 - 13 November, 2011
40 sqm Refurbishment / SFARO
40 sqm Refurbishment / SFARO, © Boaz Lavi & Jonathan Blum
© Boaz Lavi & Jonathan Blum

© Boaz Lavi & Jonathan Blum © Boaz Lavi & Jonathan Blum © Boaz Lavi & Jonathan Blum © Boaz Lavi & Jonathan Blum +10

From the architect. Following Tel-Aviv’s soaring housing prices over the last 3 years, many people were forced to renovate their existing apartments instead of selling and buying bigger ones. This owner decided to transform her studio apartment into a 1 bedroom, including storage units, a large separate kitchen and a full size queen bedroom.


As a design solution, we chose to condense all the programmatic functions and storage units into a cube which was centered in the middle of the space, thus dividing the apartments into 4 zones, while maintaining a 360 degree circulation around it, which makes the space seem endless and bigger than it actually is.

© Boaz Lavi & Jonathan Blum
© Boaz Lavi & Jonathan Blum

By adding sliding doors that disappear into the cube, the space can be altered according to the time of day and the various needs of the owner, contributing further more to the sense of a multi-functional and multi-layered space.

© Boaz Lavi & Jonathan Blum
© Boaz Lavi & Jonathan Blum

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jhshin · April 17, 2012
Stilo In Vita · April 08, 2012

love this refurbishment by SFARO Architects, brilliant!!!

NORMAN TEL AVIV · November 15, 2011

WOW what a lovely apartment!!!
Definately like! · November 15, 2011

Great work by my friend and her partner in Tel Viv !! RT @ArchDaily: 40 sqm Refurbishment / SFARO #architecture

Mima · November 15, 2011

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LB · November 15, 2011

Small, clever and decent considering the limiteations of budget and space. Still, there is more thought put into this little project than into Daniel Libeskind's whole pretentious oeuvre.

Dan Salomon · November 15, 2011

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Genie · November 15, 2011

I love this super efficient one bedroom in Tel Aviv via @ArchDaily

Anthony Binns · November 15, 2011

White on white with the warmth of wood floor.

Juan Carlos Cornejo · November 15, 2011

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Centurión Bertorello · November 15, 2011

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Luis · November 15, 2011

Looks great

Nikos Kopsidas · November 14, 2011
Andy Cutler · November 14, 2011

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Niccolo Machiavelli · November 14, 2011

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laurent · November 14, 2011

very interesting. i would've tried to make the box another material so it stands out even more as an "object" in the space, and make the concept read even stronger. but overall very beautifully thought thru and executed!

Jonsi · November 14, 2011

Nice job. I would personally prefer a lot darker floor. Maybe to someone organization is kinda irrational but I think client knew what he wants.

Carolin · November 14, 2011

You could clean the floor little better, before taking pictures ;-)

N!CK · November 14, 2011

So the client eats in de couch, or doesn't eat at home. Sometimes they are so weird. Nice interior

SFARO ARCHITECTS · November 14, 2011

There were two options for a dining table, both ruled out by the client. The first one was a foldable wall-built table (to the right of the television), while the second one was to place a small 80X80 table in the living area.

herong zhou · November 14, 2011

circulation zone seems taking too much areas

maarten · November 14, 2011 08:49 AM

Very smartly done floor-plan. Kitchen is not considered circulation, the only real 'corridor' is at the entrance. Must agree that I also miss a dining table?

Ron Brenner · November 14, 2011

I really appreciate the experiment here. I would challenge the notion however that having 360 degree circulation makes the space seem endless. I think the result may be closer to the opposite. Giving up some of the circulation to the spaces would make the spaces feel (and actually be) larger.

GCelaR · November 16, 2011 01:50 PM

That could be true, but that would mean losing windows on the open space.

draj · November 14, 2011

any dinning area?


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