High Art Wild Heart, Tel Aviv
This building, which was built in the late 1940s, is located on Rothschild Boulevard. Hagit Burstein moved to this south central location, three years ago, after living in the North of Tel Aviv. Since she lived in New York in the late 80′s, it had been her dream to move to a loft style apartment such as this one.
As far as living in the southern part of Tel Aviv, Hagit feels well suited with the atmosphere and rhythm of the people. Her dream loft has not only become her home and office, but also a space for entertainment and hang outs. In addition to inviting her friends, the loft has served as a host for other people and events. To add a personal touch and feeling to her home, a variety of art pieces fill the space, from emerging and established artists.
Everyone who visits the loft agrees it reflects Hagit’s character, and gives the feeling of home. As Hagit says, “Everybody feels comfortable if the owner does.”
American Holiday, Highland Lakes, NJ
Located in Highland Lakes, NJ, the house was built in the late 1950s, and has since gone through several renovations. Originally, the area was developed in 1936 as a summer retreat for urban bourgeoisie, that in an hours drive from the Manhattan could find nature, open sky and tranquility. A typical local architecture based on variations of traditional log cabins, mostly with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. This property, however, was built on a double lot and has four bedrooms, two bathrooms,a sunroof (currently functioning as a table-tennis room) and a converted basement, which serves an amateur music studio. Over the years, the house was used as a vacation home, but also a permanent home. The current owner renovated it for his own use, and it functions as a country retreat, where his friends and family can get together and enjoy their leisure time.
Minimalistic Cube, Tel Aviv
Name> Barak Ravitz and Omer Frank
Occupation> Artist and architecture student
Residence> Florentine, Tel Aviv
Book> Textile by Orly Castel-Bloom and The Thirtieth Year by Ingeborg Bachmann
Food> Bourekas from the Carmel Market and Cheesecake from The Bakery
Building> Amir Center on Agron Street, Jerusalem by David Resnick and Bahad Ehad by Zvi Hecker and Eldar Sharon
Omer and Barak have been living in their apartment for almost three years, including some time abroad. They love their apartment, even though it is distant from the city, and has an unusual division of space. Every month they buy a new plant, compensating the mess and grayness outside.
The patterned floor has a dominant appearance, and is considered as a piece of furniture, says Omer and Barak, which is why their place is scarcely decorated. Most of their things has been given to them from their families.
The couple are always imaging themselves living in a white, minimalistic cube with exactly four objects – the minimum of what they need.
The heart of the house is the library. Omer and Barak will add more shelves to it every few months, until the books reach the ceiling.
Marble Delight, Kfar Shmaryahu
The original house was probably built in the late 1930′s in the village of Shmaryahu, an agricultural community for immigrants from Germany.
The house underwent various permutations over the years, and preserves something from all of them: a modest family house turned into a country mansion in the seventies, and later covered with Italian marble and fitted with outdoor hosting areas in the eighties.
The current residents made slight but elegant improvements to the house, fixing the infrastructure and replacing the kitchen and bathrooms. They tried as much as possible to maintain the history and the unique character of the house, restoring some of the original details.
The garden provides a layer of mystery to the house, serving as a reminder of its past splendor. The current residents wanted to preserve this feeling. Many new trees were planted but the garden seating areas were left as they are, in a semi-abandoned state.
The furniture has been with the residents for many years; Italian leather chairs passed down from their parents, a sofa and a table from New York, carpets from Turkey and Kazakhstan, paintings by artists Avner Ben-Gal, Yehudit Sasportas, Boyan, and photographs by Vanessa Beecroft, Nan Goldin, Taynth Berkeley and Andrea Serrano.
From Dawn to Dusk_Part Two, Tel Aviv
This post highlights Noemi Givon’s home as night falls, capturing the lights and shadows throughout the home. Check out the previous post to view photos of this beautiful structure in the daylight.
The Givon art forum opens on the weekend, functioning to the extent of a private gallery and museum, as well as, hosts events and exhibitions. The exhibition space is a part of the house, located at the street level, with a separate entrance, to practice autonomously.
From Dawn to Dusk_Part One Tel Aviv
Name> Noemi Givon
Occupation> Manages an art gallery and represents artists since 1974
Residence> Tel Aviv
Book> All the books by Donald Woods Winnicott. “He was an English child psychiatrist, pediatrician, and psychoanalyst, continued the way of Sigmund Freud and Melanie Klein. He developed play therapy for children and wrote several books, however, he expressed that his writings are original ideas and deviate from theory of Freud”.
Food> Lobster and Lamb chops
Building> Ben Gurion’s and Ayala Zacks’ houses
Noemi and her son Ben, live in Neve Tzedek, in a home that has been around originally since the 19th century. After 10 years of restoration and renovations planned and made by the architect Ori Glazer in conjunction with Nili Gal Mester, Arch, they were able to move in, and have been happily living there now for one year.
To grasp an ideal image of the success of this renovation, photos of the home in broad daylight have been included, highlighting every accent of the house. Next post will contain photos of the home to capture the elements right as night falls.
The structure reflects the classic construction of Jaffa, built of stone baring walls and ceilings made from limestone and flat arches of brick and galvanized steel. Its design reflects common residential typology of the urban middle class in Israel and Lebanon from the late 19th century to the early 30th century.
The facade of the original building was preserved accurately, and there were some other remains, such as the floor and parts of columns, that Noemi was able to keep. However, there were alterations to the interior to enhance the style and practicality. Each floor contains three large open spaces, which function also for an exhibition. With modular and dynamic walls, which are based on an axis, the residents have the opportunity to change the room division, as they like. These areas will be broad enough to accommodate events in a variety of mediums such as; sculpture, video, installation, architecture, painting, drawing, and new media.
The design reflects the resident’s passions for original Israeli art and mythological design objects by artists such as Mario Botta and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and custom made Venetian lamps and Ben’s skateboards.
Sweet Cosmos, Tel Aviv
Name> Alma Mia Hadas
Residence> Tel Aviv
Book> Fine Balance by Rohinton Misty
City> Haifa and Gush Dan Suburbs
Building> Ein Harod Musuem by architect Samuel Bickels
Alma lives in Jaffa, with her cat Clementine. Her home was originally built and used for a coffee factory owned by a Bulgarian family. When Alma entered the place, three years ago, it was a semi dump. She refurbished and repaired the house gradually until it reached its current design and spirit.
The loft has a main floor and a gallery, covered with various items including impressive Alma’s art work. The living room walls have their own distinct pattern, revealing the remnants of the original wall paintings that were not preserved as well as other homes in the area. This design element creates a very original and unique feel to the home. The house, located on a street level, however manage to create its own quiet microcosmos.
Dynamic Walls, Tel Aviv
Name> Orit Haviv
Occupation> Artist, painter
Book> Magic and Deceit by Eran Bar Gil. “I read this book recently, and it made me cry”.
Dish> Fresh vegetables with oil and salt
City> Tel Aviv is my favorite city, mainly because I live there so I know it inside out and it makes me feel at home. San Francisco is another city I love. Even though it will never be my home, I think it’s the perfect city with spectacular natural embraces.
Building> Shalom Meir Tower, Tel Aviv
Orit Haviv is a painter and a passionate owner of her own gallery and studio in the center of Tel Aviv, displaying artwork of emerging artists and designers.
Her home in Jaffa, whom she shares with her partner and beautiful daughter, is quite unique, challenging the typical concept of a house. There are several intimate corners throughout the space, even in the most spacious of rooms. The design is dynamic and timeless, avoiding the connection to a specific time frame. Given the open space, there is a lot of freedom to rearrange the furniture in multiple ways, adding character to the home’s design.
Although she likes to maintain a simple and humble feel, Orit enjoys mixing and matching styles and combining old with new. The crisp white walls are clear from art and decoration. Orit says, “I love white walls, the shadows and ray of lights, create minimalistic drawings on the wall, it excites me every time”. The foundation materials are a consistent combination of wood, concrete, and corten steel, surrounded by natural plants which play a role collaborating with the original architecture.
Mountain High, Jerusalem
Name> Irit Kohavi
Occupation> Architect and Founder of IK Architects office in Tel Aviv
Residence> Tel Aviv
Book> A week at the airport: A Heathrow diary by Alain De Bottom. ”Being airport designer during the last 15 years, I am fascinated with a space affording one to experience a different quality of time” says Irit Kohavi.
Dish> Fresh vegetables
City> Jerusalem. ”Having the opportunity to plan in Jerusalem for 25 years, taking part in the design of the Yad Vashem museum complex, Mamilla district and hotels, and more, as principal architect and partner to Moshe Safdie, I am connected to the unique coexistence of the old and contemporary in the city”.
Building> Rockefeller Museum , Jerusalem. When I enter the beautiful patios or the tall round meeting room, the piece comes to my mind, and the beauty floats all over
The architecture of Irit Kohavi has been publicly displayed over 25 years, and this time, in this unique opportunity, the house overlooking the mountains is revealed as one of Irit’s more private works.
Facing the valley of Halilim, the unique family house was completed in 2002.
The house is hidden from the street, providing modest privacy to the life inside it, cascading down to the valley. The natural view penetrates throughout the perforated structure.
Sun beams radiate shadows over the stepping stairs and lower interior levels, creating different patterns, and almost a separate architecture of its own, consisting of circulation and movements of the changing sunlight.
The twelve meter high interior patio, naturally lit by south facing linear skylights, contains an open airy feel, while bridges link each of the common family spaces and private wings.
The use of local natural stone, exposed concrete, and steel in their bare existence, is a major design statement in this structure. The exceptional richness of detailing, led the natural light to play a significant role in the design of this minimalist harmonic space.
Irit Kohavi Architects office, specializes in a mix of projects including; commercial buildings, offices, airport terminals, and residential spaces.
Eternal sunshine, Tel aviv
Name> Dan Bronfeld
Occupation> Film Director
Residence> Tel Aviv
Book> Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq
Building> The Barcelona Pavilion by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Dan, a young, charming and talented film director, recently moved to a beautiful place in Florentine after living in Jerusalem, where he had been studying at Bezalel.
His house is warm and sensitive, reflecting his personality. His collection of objects from his travels and work each tell a different story; a passion for architecture, photography, sculpture and design.
The place, which was renovated by his friend, shows the vast changes in which Florentine has gone through in the last 10 years. Originally, the area was populated by workers and crafts men, however nowadays there is a variety of people living there and the area is changing rapidly.