Flat in Tel Aviv by
Jacobs-Yaniv Architects


Play "spot the woman" in this photo set of an apartment that references Tel Aviv's 1950s interiors by Israeli practice Jacobs-Yaniv Architects (+ slideshow).

Flat in Tel Aviv by Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

As the clients are modernist enthusiasts, Jacobs-Yaniv Architects used materials, colours and furniture from the movement's heyday to inform the design of the 190-square-metre space.

Flat in Tel Aviv by Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

"It was a great joy to study flats of Tel Aviv's 50s, which were designed very cleverly," said the designers.

Flat in Tel Aviv by Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

Spaces are kept as open as possible in keeping with this style and to allow maximum flexibility for the family.

Flat in Tel Aviv by Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

A corridor denoted by wooden flooring runs the full length of the long plan, utilised as a study area and library.

Flat in Tel Aviv by Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

The master bedroom sits at the far end, with an adjacent dressing room and its own terrace.

Flat in Tel Aviv by Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

Another larger terrace is positioned at the other end, accessible from the dining and lounge areas used for entertaining guests.

Flat in Tel Aviv by Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

Placed in the centre of the flat, kitchen units supported on an L-shaped black steel frame have oak doors lower down and lacquered yellow cupboards on top. These finishes are also used for storage compartments elsewhere.

Flat in Tel Aviv by Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

The children's play area can be closed off with sliding doors to create a private guest room.

Flat in Tel Aviv by Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

Last week we featured another Tel Aviv apartment, which has perforated metal that screens conceal rooms and storage space, and we've also posted Google's offices in the city with a meeting room full of orange trees.

Photography is by Amit Geron.

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Jacobs-Yaniv Architects sent us the following information:

Tel Aviv of the 1950s meets 2000

For the clients, who were born and bred in Tel Aviv, but spent most of their adult life in a house in the suburbs raising their family, the ultimate dream was to come back to Tel Aviv as mature and independent individuals, available to enjoy all that the city has to offer.

Informed and inspired by their love to modernist Tel Aviv of 50s and modernist design, with today's influences and technological advantages, they gained what they had hoped for.

Flat in Tel Aviv by Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

The clients asked that the majority of space is kept open for maximum diversity in family activities.

There is only one formal bedroom placed in the far end of the flat while all other functions are concentrated in the centre of the space, holding the family area, a desk for two people, the kitchen and a play area which is a flexible space used both as a play room and guest room.

Flat in Tel Aviv by Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

This room is placed right by the family area and can be isolated by two sliding doors - very typical of Tel Aviv's 50s. The design of the kitchen, which was placed in the centre of the flat as a piece of furniture, involved meticulous detailing. The oak and coloured Formica cupboards, lined with black internal finishing, are held within a steel structure.

The structure also houses all the required electric fittings – smart home control panels, lighting and speakers. The kitchen was tailor-made to the requirements of the owners who love to cook and host.

Flat in Tel Aviv by Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

Great thought was put into day-to-day functionality. There is plenty of storage space and display shelves for items that the clients have collected throughout the years.

The utility room is placed by the master bed room. It serves also as the guest bathroom and can be accessed through the main living space too, providing great ease around house work.

Flat in Tel Aviv by Jacobs-Yaniv Architects
Floor plan - click for larger image

We strongly believe that optimum functionality and harmonious living in a home should be as flexible and fluent as possible. Therefore we plan a variety of access points from room to room and design at least one space as a 'flexible room' which can be used in different ways.

It was a great joy to study flats of Tel Aviv's 50s, which were designed very cleverly providing exactly that; function, comfort and pleasure.

  • jan

    One big Vitra showroom :) …But very nice!

  • This looks very 1950’s to me, but I’m not saying that it isn’t very nice.

  • anna

    Love the windows hitting their heads on the ceiling, beautiful!

  • Aaron Seymour

    Why is it that so many male architects still see women as sexualised interior accessories instead of as colleagues, equals and just plain old 51% of the world’s population? What is the addition of these faceless women meant to add and why is Dezeen giving its stamp of approval to this kind of sexism?

    • marta

      Oh yes. You touched a sore point. The question is,
      why women are willing to serve as an object decoration. Although, I really love the design. The house is warm and vivid, great colour selection and smart division of space. Bravo!

  • Mustafa Hanbali

    Given Palestine’s rich history, this is a surprisingly drab interior, especially for a coastal apartment. It has the feel of an office space more than an intimate living space.

    I’m not surprised this design lacks soul given the architects referenced 1950’s European colonial architecture over the functionality of the native Mediterranean, Arabic aesthetic.

  • Chris MacDonald

    Is the woman part of the design?!

    • Brett Anderson

      Nice attempt at squeezing your view of the Israeli-Palestinian political situation into a cogent architectural analysis, but it’s very transparent. You don’t have to like this apartment, but it has nothing to do with colonialism.

      • Chris MacDonald

        What on earth are you waffling on about?

      • Lana Jaber

        Laughable that you don’t think the design of social spaces – whether interior or exterior – have any political context given they essentially reflect/curate societal and cultural qualities of the time; especially when the architecture in question is located in a geographic region infamous for being so hotly contested over, it became a trophy for feuding empires.

        How very transparent-minded of you Brett. I note you haven’t even commented on the architecture itself either. Ridiculous.

    • Lallo

      Just the upper part, bottom is sold separately – shown here just as an exhibit.

  • Michelle

    That was hilarious. Like a game of Where’s Wally?

  • Janet

    Yawn. But the levitating woman was great. And the woman with her a*se in the air was even more amusing. Not sure if this story was meant to be a political or sexual statement, because it could have been anywhere in the world just like an Ibis/Sofitel/Hilton hotel room. Too late to ask for their money back I guess?

  • Lana Jaber

    Yet another awful carbon-copy architectural box that blights the coast-line. These high-rises have turned a once beautiful natural landscape into a tacky seaside holiday resort.

    They bear more resemblance to the council estates of Europe than anything else. Such a shame. Why not use more natural materials? Wood and stone may seem costly in the short-term but they survive [with the proper care] for decades more than these types of structures.

    Look at the old Palestinian villages that survive within Israel’s ever-shifting borders – cool in the summer, retain heat in winter, beautiful to behold and have weathered decades and centuries of war and conflict. A lot more colourful too.

    Israeli architects could learn a thing or two from the natives they’ve built these monstrosities atop of.

    • tami

      Because the centre of Tel Aviv is not a Palestinian village. Everything must be in its natural place: modern towers in major cities and rural houses in the villages. Probably you’ve never visited Tel Aviv or Palestinian villages, but you’re welcome. Maybe then you do not bring politics into a discussion about architecture and design.