Jaffa House by Raz Melamed + Omar Danan

Facing the endless waves of the sea, the house becomes a continuation of its natural surrundings

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面向特拉维夫旧城入口处的无尽海浪,层层叠叠的连排别墅以其传统的石砌外墙给人留下了深刻的印象——Jaffa住宅便坐落在这一古老的建筑群当中,在建筑师Raz Melamed和Omar Danan的重新设计下,它成为了一座精致而又独一无二且的建筑。

Facing the endless waves of the sea that break right at the entrance Old City, townhouses stand with an impressive and traditional stone cladding. Within one of these ancient buildings lies an apartment that architects Raz Melamed and Omar Danan turned into a house that is a meticulous, one-of-a-kind architecture.

▼建筑外观,exterior view © Amit Geron


The buildings that surround the house are built in the topography of a ridge, which has seen architectural changes over the past 300 years, throughout which the houses were split and united frequently according to the wishes of the residents. This joint-architect project provides a rare appearance as it is uniquely built in a clear grid whose ground floor is divided into 6 orthogonal units using columns and domes, with no levels or changes in ceiling heights.

▼周围环境,context © Amit Geron

▼鸟瞰,aerial view © Amit Geron


The interior of the house in its redesign presented a play between traditional and new, smooth and rough, plaster and stone – in the original construction the house was covered entirely with Kurkar stone, an ancient traditional stone in Israel, that adorned its walls and arches, and during the renovation was plastered in selected parts whose role was doubled, playing both contemporary and clean. The white plaster mimics the feeling of the sea, which in its infinite appearance creates a feeling of pure serenity. In this way the architecture is a continuation of the sea, and vice versa, and they live in subordination as if they were a whole in which there is no partition between a built element and a natural element.

▼入口空间,entrance © Amit Geron

▼细部,detailed view © Amit Geron

▼一层客厅,living room on the ground floor © Amit Geron

▼白色石膏带来关于大海的联想,the white plaster mimics the feeling of the sea © Amit Geron


There is no doubt that the sea is an integral part of the design of the house, and being a cosmic motif, infinite like space or desert, it illustrates the natural flow of the landscape, and so the apartment in design is its architectural reflection: its walls are the architectural cosmic motif, their white color begins at one point and winds uninterrupted around the house in an endless performance in space.

▼从餐厅望向阳台,view towards the balcony from the dining area © Amit Geron

▼餐厅,dining room © Amit Geron

▼餐厅细部,dining room details © Amit Geron

▼厨房,kitchen © Amit Geron


The entrance to the house is greeted by a door with a white arch and a brass handle, a material reminiscent of stone, which will return as a jewel throughout the house with light fixtures, a library, taps and handles. When opening the door, you are welcomed by a white resin-paved space, a material without partitions that creates an unstoppable flow in the space.

▼从入口拱门望向楼梯,view from the white arch at the entrance © Amit Geron

▼回望入口,look back to the entrance © Amit Geron

▼楼梯和拱顶,the staircase and the arches © Amit Geron

▼楼梯细节,staircase details © Amit Geron

▼楼梯俯瞰,overlook © Amit Geron


The house has two floors with a living room, a living area, a kitchen, a dining area, a guest toilet, and a huge balcony on one level with a thin covering, overlooking the sea and equipped with a sauna, jacuzzi, shower, living room and kitchen.

▼二层起居室,living room on the first floor © Amit Geron

▼二层空间细节,first floor detailed view © Amit Geron

▼卧室,bedrooms © Amit Geron

▼浴室,bathroom © Amit Geron


The balcony is a major player in the design of the house as most of the life takes place in it, whether for entertaining or for the enjoyment of the tenants themselves. A view from the balcony to the western wall reveals an ancient stone façade with new brick windows, and a semi-circular balcony, also white, so that the new white stands out against the ancient stone, and together they tell a story on historical and contemporary levels.

▼半圆形阳台,the semi-circular balcony © Amit Geron

▼露台视野,view from the terrace © Amit Geron

▼平面图,floor plans © Amit Geron

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