Though Tel Aviv wasn’t founded until 1909, its roots lie much deeper. Jaffa, the southernmost part of the city, was built around an ancient port that is referenced in everything from Greek mythology to the Old Testament. Millenia later, Jaffa was assimilated into the metropolitan city of Tel Aviv. In many ways, Old Jaffa House 4 by Pitsou Kedem Architects materializes the ancient city’s rich history by blending architectural elements of past and present. The home combines different areas of 300-year-old buildings into one home in a truly remarkable architectural achievement.
The centuries-old stone walls are clad with metal to subtly conceal electrical wiring, HVAC, and plumbing without disrupting the original architecture. Each interior arch is fortified with modern carpentry that accentuates the existing design of the space. The central living room patio opens to the crisp ocean air and offers an unparalleled scenic view of the Mediterranean. Walking down each hall to either of the two bedrooms or the dining area is like taking a trip back in time with each step.