The 180 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. 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.
▽建筑夜景，Night External View
Surprisingly, modern, minimalistic construction styles remind us 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.
▽ 一楼卧室看入口空间，Entrance View from ground floor bedroom
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 home environment along with the use of stainless steel, iron and Korean in the various partitions, in the openings and in the furniture.
▽ 一楼餐厅-保留建筑的纹理和材质，1st floor dining room – preserving the textures and materials of the buildings
▽ 一楼厨房和餐厅，1st floor dining room and kitchen
▽起居空间-新老共存，Living area- Old and new blend together
▽餐厅看起居空间，Living area view from dining space
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.
▽顺着楼梯上二层，Staircase to 2nd floor
▽二楼以卧室为主，Bedroom on 2nd floor
▽ 一楼二楼全景，Overall view of 1st and 2nd floor
Design: Pitsou Kedem
Design team architects: Pitsou Kedem, Raz Melamed, Irene Goldberg
Project: 180 sqm house in the old city of Jaffa
Photography: Amit Geron