Jaffa House by
Pitsou Kedem

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Israeli architect Pitsou Kedem has exposed vaulted ceilings and stone walls inside this renovated house in the ancient port of Jaffa, Tel Aviv (+ slideshow).

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

Pitsou Kedem restored the historical building, estimated to be hundreds of years old, by stripping back the interior to reveal walls of broken clay and shells, vaulted ceilings and large internal archways.

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

Small pockets are hollowed from the walls at various heights and are used to create storage areas and a desk.

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

"The central idea was to combine the old and 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," said the studio.

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

A set of three pivoting glass doors frame the downstairs bedroom, while a new kitchen extension on the west side of the house features a long window with views over the Mediterranean ocean.

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

Tall windows also lead out from the living room next door to a small wooden balcony.

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

An iron staircase is set into the exposed concrete wall of the living room and is screened by a double-height balustrade of suspended wire cables. It ascends to a master bedroom on the mezzanine floor above.

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

Exposed concrete flooring throughout the house is covered with a mixture of patterned and textured rugs.

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

"The project succeeds in both honouring and preserving the historical and almost romantic values of the structure whilst creating a contemporary project, modern and suited to its period," added the designers.

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

Pitsou Kedem has also recently completed a house with double-height glass doors, a renovated 1950s house with a stone mosaic wall and a family house with timber screens that fold back in different directions.

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

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Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

Photography is by Amit Geron.

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

Here's a project description from the architects:


Jaffa House: contemporary minimalism and historical asceticism

The language of minimalism imbedded in a historic residence in Old Jaffa. The 180 square meter residential home is located in Old Jaffa. Its location is unique in that it is set above the harbour, facing west with all of its openings facing the majestic splendour of the Mediterranean Sea.

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

Whilst it is difficult to determine the buildings exact age, it is clear that it is hundreds of years old.

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

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.

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

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).

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

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.

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

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.

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

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.

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

The historical is expressed by preserving the textures and materials of the buildings outer shell and by respecting the building engineering accord.

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

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.

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

The project succeeds in both honouring and preserving the historical and almost romantic values of the structure whilst creating a contemporary project, modern and suited to its period.

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

Despite the time differences, the tensions and the dichotomy between the periods exist in a surprisingly balanced and harmonic space.

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem

Design: Pitsou Kedem
Design team: Pitsou Kedem, Raz Melamed, Irene Goldberg
Project: 180 sqm house in the old city of Jaffa

Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem
Ground floor plan - click for larger image
Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem
First floor plan - click for larger image
Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem
Second floor plan - click for larger image
Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem
Section through living room - click for larger image
Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem
Section through dining room - click for larger image
Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem
Section through staircases - click for larger image
  • jojo

    Quite disappointed by this renovation in Jaffa. It’s very cold. I don’t like the atmosphere. I know the place (Jaffa), I was waiting for something else, I don’t feel here the sense of the place.

  • stochar

    Best thing ever!

  • fraulucas

    Nice but “iron and Korean” …. come on people!

  • Lien

    This is sooooooo nice!

  • ebjahsucgu

    Heavenly!

  • davidrushe

    Does anyone know the name/supplier of the pivoting glass doors?