Modern archeo-tecture of Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem
From the street Jaffa House wouldn't seem different from other historic houses in this part of town. The real transformation unveils before you as soon as you step inside. This incredible change from timeworn historic building to modern living space that combines the best of both worlds was the vision of Israeli architect studio Pitsou Kedem.
Like clearing of historic dust in archeological excavation in Jaffa House layers of plaster and build-up were carefully removed to expose the original arches and vaulted ceilings. Using contemporary details like steel cables, corian and concrete surfaces and glass walls, original rooms went through modernizing facelift to create living space seeded deeply in the historical context.
Pitsou Kedem proved that austere age-old and modern form can coexist and took this duality to the next level.
The “cleaning” process revealed original building construction, built using technologies of that period allowing for an organic and natural connection with modern, contemporary elements like use of concrete, iron, steel cables and corian surfaces. ~Pitsou Kedem~
Stitched rugs designed by Charlotte Lancelot bring color and warmth to the otherwise cool concrete floor.
Steel cables separating the stair space run the entire 3 floor height of the house.
Minimalistic kitchen offers scarcity of detail, leaving the views of the sea flow-in unobstructed through the oversized window.
Photos courtesy Pitsou Kedem