In the historic Neve Tzedek district of Tel Aviv stood a neglected town house smeared with graffiti and overgrown with weeds. After the sale to the new owners, a family of six, the house underwent a massive modernization, led by Meirav Galan Architect (MGA) that included architectural preservation and detailed restoration, partial destruction and new additions. The before and after photos speak for themselves.
In the north wing of the house, MGA has retained the two floors, the original openings in the facade and the unique balcony, but built a new extension that looks as if it has always been there. The architect shares:
On my first visit to the house, despite all neglect, I could feel the European charm combined with the local Mediterranean scent. I discovered impressively high ceilings, classic European wooden doors and windows, detailed iron parapets and a beautiful Mediterranean balcony with a Parisian touch. I imagined how I would revive history and weave it into my clients’ dreams.
The south wing has also been redesigned so that it resembles the original north facade for a seamless continuation.
The garden terrace acts as a bridge between the original room and the new extension. It provides additional natural light and functions as a private outdoor area.
An ultra-long kitchen island extends the entire length of the dining area and offers plenty of storage space.
Steel-framed windows frame the inner courtyard of the garden and provide even more natural light in an otherwise dark, shady area.
The tile roof is being replaced with a new roof balcony that includes a plunge pool and a lush garden.
Photos by Gideon Levin.