Dori updates 1950s apartment in Tel Aviv with open-plan spaces and glazed paritions

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Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design

Dori updates 1950s apartment in Tel Aviv with open-plan spaces and glazed partitions

A light and spacious kitchen, dining and lounge opens onto a latticed balcony in this Tel Aviv apartment, which has been completely overhauled by Dori interior design studio.

Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design

The Israeli interior designers reconfigured the Weisel apartment, which is located in a block of flats built in 1957.

They removed walls that formed a narrow diagonal corridor and a series closed-off spaces to create one open-plan room.

This space is now occupied by the kitchen, living and dining room, and a home-office sectioned off by a glass partition. A set of curtains can be drawn across the glazed screen, which is surrounded by a thin wooden frame, to offer further separation between home and work.

Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design

"Originally, the apartment was full of small niches, and a long, dark, narrow diagonal corridor," said the studio. "The kitchen was tiny, closed, rear and away from the living room."

"The public area includes the living room, the big terrace, kitchen and dinning area is one big open space that is a very functional, open, inviting and bright area, and combines various seating and hosting options," they continued.

Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design

Dori also removed shutters on the street-facing side and replaced them with large expanses of glazing. One of these panes slides open to prove access to a new terrace, which overlooks the busy avenue below.

Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design

The outdoor patio is encased by Mashrabiya latticework – a decorative perforated screen commonly found on buildings in the area – that creates a pattern of light and shadow across the concrete floor.

A wooden step connects the two levels of the terrace, which also features a concrete bench.

Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design

"The Mashrabiyya is an architectural element typical of Islamic architecture, which evolved to create a difference between inside and outside, in order to allow the entry of air and light, but simultaneously allow privacy," explained the designers.

"Originally the Mashrabiyya was hidden by old shutters, some of the apartments in the building even blocked it by interior walls," they added. "It is an important and beautiful element to be emphasised."

Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design

Inside, white-painted walls are complement by light wooden accents. The back wall of the kitchen is covered in patterned tiles and features a window that frames views to planting outside.

A white counter with a wooden trim lines this wall, while a dining table with concrete pendant lights above separates the kitchen from the living room.

Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design

Between these there is a television attached to a metal pole that can rotate towards the different areas.

There is also a set of shelves that are suspended from the ceiling, creating a separation from the entrance hall.

Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design

Wooden cabinets with a black line drawn across their fronts line the wall leading to the master bedroom. Here, the en-suite bathroom is encased in a glass box set beneath exposed concrete beams.

Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design

Weisel apartment is the latest in a wave of Tel Aviv apartments to be transformed with contemporary interiors.

Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design

Others include Ranaan Stern's sprawling, four-bedroom apartment, which is arranged around a long corridor, and Maayan Zusman's petite home, which is filled with custom storage.

Photography is by Adi Cohen Zedek.

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Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design
Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design
Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design
Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design
Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design
Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design
Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design
Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design
Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design
Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design
Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design
Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design
Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design
Weisel apartment in Tel Aviv by Dori Interior Design