Timeless Sentiment, Tel Avivby Anna Kopito | 30.09.14
An Israeli architect, and his designer wife built their family home in south Tel Aviv. They wanted to create a townhouse that would be timeless – no small feat, but definitely a necessary idea for creating permanent and desirable structures. Being an architect you constantly question yourself “will I like this tomorrow?” and if you design for yourself, you have to incessantly repress your fears that you will regret designs you made yesterday.
The architect wanted to accentuate the longevity of the building and made decisions that they thought would boost it’s liveability. The entrance to the building is on the short side, giving the home more privacy. The passageway through the house is kept alongside the shared party wall of the house as a series of stairways takes you up through the same spot in the house – much like terrace homes in London where the staircase was always kept alongside the home.
The interior is a notable combination of classic and modern design which takes into consideration two of the most important elements of designing a home: space to breath and comfort. The materials consist of wood concrete and metal. The colour palette is mostly neutrals of whites, blacks and charcoals giving those home comforts – pieces of furniture and family trinkets – an easily adaptable background. The furnishings and objects around the house were collected on trips to Scandinavia or were discovered items by local designers. Despite all of the modernity of the building it’s true triumph is that it makes this structurally contemporary space into a home full of life and sentiment, the owner states that one of the most valuable pieces in the house is a bowl covered in a lemon print, which they received from the lady who lives next door.