Past Turned Into Space by Pitsou Kedem Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 10 Jan 2015 2:10 pm | Interiors

The Pitsou Kedem Architects practice transformed a building that was originally raised by Yosef Berlin in 1925 in the center of Tel Aviv into a home that maintains some of the neo-classical elements while also bringing some of the comforts of contemporary living into a setting that was under severe building restrictions since it is in an area called the White City, which was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2003.

The ground floor is a bit rustic due to the decorative elements and textures, while the upper two floors have arches reminiscent of the renaissance style. The apartment on the ground floor used to be the home of David Ben Gurion, the Prime Minister of Israel so additional historic significance was given to the space.

The designers chose to extend the space through the basement level since this would preserve the façade and original structure, although it led to a very complex execution since it involved the suspension of the structure and ceilings through a system of temporary beams.

 

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