Pitsou Kedem Architects have managed to refurbish and existing impressive rock-made old house in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel and transform it into a wonderful modern mansion by adding luxurious modern elements.
The modern mansion is located in the port city of Jaffa, Israel, offering stunning view of the unique landscape. As we develop our own contemporary style, it seems that the old gets more value, importance and appeal to most of us. However, it is very important to not damage it by replacing or hiding it but rather see the aspects that make it so beautiful, keep them and insert whatever modern equipment and furnishings we like to create an exquisite lifestyle, without damaging the existing. This is exactly how Pitsou Kedem Architects have approached this project. What they’ve managed to achieve is a wonderful modern mansion that offers every bit comfort that any other home would offer but, in addition to that, preserve the historical looks, feel and appeal of traditional Israelian architecture. It’s a house defined by contrast, not of color but of styles, building techniques and materials, a contrast so powerful that turns this design into something one of a kind, very special and with a powerful personality. Probably a dream house like no other.
But there were some issues when refurbishing the old structure. Being built so many years before, it has seen many changes and additions that have altered its original style and materiality. The designers had to literally peel of some layers of materials to get to the original aspect of the house, the one that really matters and we are all looking for. The result was an authentic structure, imbedded with history and memories. When designing the new modern mansion, the architects opted for keeping the whole exterior looks of the old structure and only partially on the interior. When choosing how and what they should add to the existing structure, the architects went for modern, minimalistic appliances and finishes. A very sleek and luxurious feel was given to the home. But there’s yet another element that adds value to this modern mansion: the astonishing views of the Mediterranean Sea that unveils in front of the structure’s main facade, to the west, untamed and mysterious. And some people feel that the value of the landscape and the views a structure offers outweigh the value of the structure itself. In many cases, that ought to be true because we are so often attracted by nature itself and its beauty. We have previously featured another wonderful project by Pitsou Kedem Architects: Modern Minimalist Styled Mansion-The Haifa House by Pitsou Kedem Architects.
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