The Factory Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem Architects

A contemporary, balanced and harmonious restoration project

by Malcolm Clark
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The latest residential project of the Israeli office Pitsou Kedem Architects is the Factory Jaffa House in the historical part of Jaffa, a town situated a few kilometres south of Tel Aviv. Its location is a privileged one above the harbour, and the west front has all the windows facing the majestic Mediterranean Sea.

Over the years this period building has undergone a series of changes and additions which have damaged the original quality of the spaces.

The main idea was that of restoring the original structure and features, the stone walls, the vaults and the arches and to highlight the original materials, a combination of pottery and sandstone). The building was cleared of all extraneous elements, from the more recent wall coverings and was subjected to a process of peeling to highlight its original state.

A surprisingly modern, minimalist building came to light responding to the 'aseptic' style of the past.

The project focused on combining the 'old' and the 'new', while retaining the qualities of each, and on creating new spaces that blend the styles and highlight them.

The historical element was expressed by preserving the textures and materials of the outer shell. The modern element can be seen from the opening of spaces, from the creation of unique environments in which you can move freely and by the use of materials like stainless steel and iron.

A contemporary project that honours and protects history and its values while remaining balanced and harmonious.

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    Factory Jaffa House

    Tel Aviv / Israel / 2013