In celebration of both Passover and Easter, this week we travel to the holy ground of Israel for a particularly remarkable home renovation.

This unique home, much of it made of stone, is more than 300 years old and is located near the water in the ancient port city of Jaffa, the oldest part of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa city. The gorgeous renovation is by the Tel Aviv-based Pitsou Kedem Architects, known for their minimalist approach to architecture and design.

The home maximizes sea views and offers modern comforts while keeping the historical feel of the building intact. Somehow the cool, minimalist design blends with the rough-textured stone walls, old-world arches and cavernous rooms.

Billy Rose, President and Co-Founder of The Agency, notes: “Pitsou Kedems’ work here, and throughout much of their other remodel work, demonstrates that, with a deft hand, one can incorporate modernist detailing within, and to, to an old world shell with striking results.”

In addition to the main living areas, there is a gorgeous floating staircase, lofted master bedroom, minimalist kitchen and stone- encased study. It’s a remarkable blending of the old and the new, and one that reminds us of how special, historical and even spiritual a residence can be.


ArchitectureoftheWeek-300x173The Agency’s “Eye On Architecture” brings you architecturally significant homes, buildings, concepts and designs from all over the world. Over the coming months, our team of agents will explore a wide range of architecture and design, with special editorial content and commentary offered by Billy Rose, President and Co-founder of The Agency, himself an architectural specialist. We hope you will enjoy, share, Tweet, Pin, weigh in and otherwise let us know what you think!