When it comes to contemporary renovations of historic structures, Pitsou Kedem Architects are masters of their craft. Their new Factory Jaffa House in the Israeli port city of Jaffa is a remarkable restoration, a 300-year-old building given new life with a breathtaking design.
The Factory Jaffa House was gutted back to its centuries-old skeleton with very precise care. “Gutted” may be too strong a word, as the near-archeological preservation of the original structure is a central element of Pitsou Kedem’s design. It presents a kind of contrast that can’t be built in new properties– the opposing forces of history and contemporary design. A walk through Factory Jaffa House yields the feeling of a stroll through history with modern convenience and visual inspiration.
The Factory Jaffa House is a masterwork of designer restoration, a type of project that has become a signature standard for Pitsou Kedem Architects. It is a practice that other cities around the world should work to adopt– the preservation of architectural history through modern renovation. [architect: pitsou kedem architects photographer: amit geron]