It’s a great joy to feature in our blog something very impressive like this apartment. It’s a single family house in the heart of the ancient port of Jaffa, Tel Aviv, designed by Pitsou Kedem Architect.
When I think about the Middle East architecture, first things that cross my mind is a very rich, decorative style and unique patterns combined with arches.
As you can clearly notice that all 100 sqm of apartment has a different height of arches and it reminds me on chords ‘playing’ the most beautiful symphony.
The key point was to keep the spirit of tradition and in the same moment to bring the breeze of modernity. Each detail is very well planed , providing the perfect combination. The entrance door is painted in black, one side black wood and other glass with metal bars. In the kitchen, they played with floor ceiling , replacing it with a circular dome. The kitchen shelves again look like arches but black, metal net creates a simplicity.
In the living room, same as in the kitchen, a different size of the black arches confront a big white one, as a perfect match. The ending is a breath taking view out to Mediterranean sea.
They had a brilliant idea to remove oriental decoration and replacing it with white plaster. To avoid the total whiteness of the space they covered it with black tin. In that way they succeeded to get the black and white contrast adding a bit of light wood.
Particularly I was attracted to brass accents. The streamlined metallic accessories produce an eclectic atmosphere, where the ancient and modernity melt in one perfection.
WORDS: Korana Miscevic Pişkin
PHOTOGRAPHY: Amit Geron
DESIGN: Irene Goldberg, Pitsou Kedem
PROJECT ARCHITECT: Raz Melamed
STYLING: Eti Buskila