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Y Duplex Penthouse / Pitsou Kedem Architects

  • 01:00 - 15 November, 2014
Y Duplex Penthouse / Pitsou Kedem Architects
Y Duplex Penthouse / Pitsou Kedem Architects, © Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

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  • Design Team

    Pitsou Kedem, Ran M. Broides.
  • Styling for photographs

    Eti Buskila
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© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

From the architect. This is a small yet complex project of a duplex apartment renovation that was, for the architects, an especially challenging project. How would it be possible to install meaning and architectural values to a roof top apartment in a “standard” uninspired design multi-story building located amongst a row of similar structures in one of Tel Aviv’s bourgeois neighborhoods

© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

The apartment was designed to integrate with the architectural language and characteristics of other projects by the architectural firm and thus, using modern architectural values, it combines modern elements by using materials in their raw form: exposed concrete wall, iron stairs and furniture, a terrazzo floor, poured on-site and unpainted wood. 

© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

The space created by the new stairwell, divides the movement and the axis of the existing space in a way that creates a dramatic architectural cross section through the apartment, links the different levels and allows natural light to penetrate the building through glass skylights inserted into the roof of the upper floor. 

Section
Section

The new cross section creates a double space with transparent glass and a system of moveable wooden slats that makes it possible to create a view between the spaces or to allow privacy and natural light control.

© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

The restraint and scale of the apartment design avoiding the use of gimmicks make it into a “timeless architecture”.

© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

The raw materials and the attempt to create an architecture that was both unfashionable and timeless is complemented by the books and pieces of art hung throughout the apartment including works by the artist Guy Yanai. 

Lower Floor Plan
Lower Floor Plan

Despite the fact that the apartments has a small area, the spaces feel large and spacious. The wide and open views out to the scenery and in between the neighberhood buildings  create the feeling of a light and airy space. The border between the interior spaces and the balconies is almost totally blurred by a thin glass panel system.  The use of the same flooring, purred terrazzo, both inside and outside also contributes to this feeling of continuity.

© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron
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