Planning and design: Boaz Snir, Architect Photo: Valery Zyuz
Resort apartment for a couple in their 40s Style: Industrial, rough and nostalgic Area: 30 sqm. Where: Tel Aviv Renovation time: 3 months Rooms: Loft apartment
The loft apartment is located on the ground floor of a Bauhaus building for conservation near the sea. It covers an area of about 30 sqm., used to be a psychology clinic and was recently purchased by a couple in their 40s who live in the north and wanted to create a small yet practical resort apartment for staying while on vacation in Tel Aviv. As mentioned, the apartment was originally used as a clinic and was divided into two rooms of 15 sqm., each with a door partition. I decided to open the space into one space with a minimum of partitions in order to create as much openness and exposure to natural light. The division between the functions is minimal and implied. There is actually only one built partition that separates the bathing area from the open space and an airy partition made of iron that anchors the island in the kitchen and defines a kind of entrance foyer. Thus, it separates the intimate interior from the glass entrance doors. The partition has an additional role and is used for storing kitchen items, a drink bar, as well as for displaying decorative details. Wood is a very present motif in the apartment. I chose to work with a European Ash wood and incorporated it in the foyer, wood shelves and top surface of the island. The rest of the space is paved with natural Shy gray stone with a minimum of gaps and connections in order to create as much continuous floor space as possible, which gives a feeling of a larger space than it is. One of the things that guided me throughout the process was to preserve as many structural motifs as possible and 'restore the crown to its former glory'. This is a conservation building built in the 1930s. I aspired to expose as much as possible the walls of the envelope and to glorify the silicate bricks that are very characteristic of the pioneering construction in the early days of Tel Aviv. For that I shaved the plaster layers in some areas and with the exposure of the bricks an exciting and amazing historical detail was also revealed - original building drawings that the original construction workers left as a seal. Of course in the new design they remained exposed as a souvenir from those days. I also chose to leave the original concrete belts exposed as well as the original kitchen window and the well-preserved entrance window with a Belgian profile made of iron.
In order to break the natural (sandy earthy) color scheme, I combined shades of pastel pink and gray. The shades meet in the encounters between the various functions and thus also define and differentiate them conceptually. In doing so, I chose to combine the original green shade of the front doors with touches as a recurring motif, e.g. in the green dresser next to the bed, in various accessories and in the green clothes of the woman looking at the artwork we hung in the bedroom.