Neve Tzedek Patio House

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1. Neve Tzedek Patio House

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2. North facade

Architectural preservation and detail restoration alongside an extension

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3. South Facade

A New extension, designed with details similar to the original northern facade

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4. The Living room

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5. The Living room

Overlooking the patio and the kitchen beyond

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6. The new stairs of the house

A view from the entrance hall

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7. The Kitchen

Overlooking the Patio and the living room beyond

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8. The Kitchen

Overlooking the street's windows

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9. The first floor passage

Connecting the new wing and the old wing of the house

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10. The master bedroom

Overlooking the Patio and the new wing of the house beyond

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11. The master bedroom

Overlooking the doors of the preserved and extended balcony

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12. The master bedroom

A glimpse of the view seen from the doors exiting the balcony

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13. The master bedroom

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14. The master bathroom

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15. The master bathroom

A view from the balcony

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16. One of the kids' room

Located at the new wing of the house

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17. The new welcoming entrance of the house

At the end of the re-terraced front yard

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18. A view of the historic neighborhood

As seen from the new welcoming entrance

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19. The outdoor shower

Planned next to the preserved wall between the front yard and the neighbors' front yard

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20. The new entrance door

Inside - a photo of the old house, as taken by Roee dori, two years earlier, is decoration the new hall

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21. The second floor preserved balcony

A view towards the master bedroom doors and the new roof balcony

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22. The second floor preserved balcony

A view overlooking the neighbors on the eastern side

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23. The second floor preserved balcony

A view of the historic neighborhood of Neve Tzedek

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24. The new basement's garden

Added to the old house to bring in natural light and air

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25. The basement's bathroom

Designed under the new exterior stairs and enjoying the natural light coming from the lowered yard

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26. The basement's bathroom

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27. The new rooftop balcony designed above the old wing

A view towards the new wing and the roof-garden planned above the stairs

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28. The new rooftop balcony designed above the old wing

A view of the picturesque neighborhood of Neve Tzedek

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29. The plunge pool

Designed on the new rooftop balcony (above the old wing of the house)

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30. The southern balcony

Overlooking a public promenade park

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31. The public park

Recently developed by the municipality of Tel-Aviv

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32. The Patio

A view from the lower new wing towards the higher old and preserved wing

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33. The Patio

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34. The Patio

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35. The before photos of the house

The old staircase, demolished along with the exterior tower the had held them

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36. The before photos of the house

North facade - on the right is what would soon be the demolished large tower that had held the stairs of the house

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37. The before photos of the house

The north entrance, that used to be two meters higher than the street level

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38. The before photos of the house

The north welcoming entrance, that used to be two meters higher than the street level - this photo was later on printed and hanged at the new entrance hall

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39. The before photos of the house

Old interiors

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40. The before photos of the house

Old interiors

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41. The before photos of the house

The Southern facade that used to be recessed by five meters from the street line

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42. Basement floor

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43. Entrance Floor

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44. First Floor

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45. Second Floor

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46. Roof Plan

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49. Sections 3 & 4

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50. North Facade

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51. South Facade

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Description

Architect Meirav Galan designed the “Neve Tzedek Patio House” located in the historic Neve Tzedek neighborhood of Tel Aviv.
The townhouse, of which the extension and preservation was completed in 2020, was one of the first houses built in the picturesque neighborhood at the end of the 19th century and was originally built as a one-story house with a flat roof. During the 1930’s, the house was extended and architecturally redesigned, adding a second floor with a tiled roof, a gallery balcony, and exterior stairs.
With the passage of time, the beautiful house suffered from neglect. However, it was recently sold to its new owners, a family of six.
“On my first visit to the house, underneath all the neglect, I could sense the European charm combined with the local Mediterranean scent,” describes Architect Meirav Galan. “I discovered impressive high ceilings, classic European wooden doors and windows, iron detailed balustrades and a beautiful Mediterranean balcony with a Parisian touch. I imagined myself reviving the story and interweaving with my clients’ dreams”.
The architectural design of the townhouse, spanning over a long rectangle lot (8.5m/28.5m), included preservation as required by the municipality law, partial destruction and new additions that extended the built area from 250m2 to 580m2, of which 190m2 were underground (constructed while supporting the preserved parts of the existing house and the neighbors’ houses).
The northern wing of the house included architectural preservation and detail restoration. The existing two floors were preserved as well as the facade’s original openings and unique balcony. The large tower that had held a staircase connecting the two levels was demolished and replaced by a new extension, built and re-designed as if it had always been there. The tiled roof was replaced by a rooftop balcony with a sea-view and plunge pool.
The front yard that had originally been two meters higher than the street was terraced, creating a new level with a welcoming exterior entrance and a service area on the street level as well as a new lowered yard that brings in natural light and air to the basement. A new staircase was designed and built to lead towards the preserved entrance level.
The southern wing was rebuilt and extended to include two new floors lower than the old wing floors due to preservation heights’ limitations, and a tiled roof attic with a balcony. The facade, though new, was designed with details similar to the original northern facade.
A garden patio was designed as the heart of the house between the old wing and the new one, providing extra natural light and functioning as an intimate private outdoor space in the middle of a very dense urban fabric.
While the street facades preserve the aesthetic character of the original house and of the neighborhood, the patio’s steel framed windows facades were designed as a contrast entity, emphasizing the new architectural design. This, describes Architect Meirav Galan, is “the new chapter added to the old story of this marvelous house”.

Details

Project size

580 m2

Site size

246 m2

Completion date

2020

Building levels

4

Project team

MGA | Meiarv Galan Architect

Lead Architect

Bar Engineering - Eran Eldor and Tomer Ben Tovim

Project Management and Supervision

Buki Snir

Structural Engineering

Haim Kohen Land

Garden Design

Tzach Cohen

Light Design

Roni Tishler

Photo-Shoot Styling

Eli Gol

Construction contractor

Yaron Tibet

Finishes Contractor

Noga Nagarut

Wooden doors and windows

Plus100 Metal Works

Steel Patio Windows

Dlatot Hamoshav

Interior doors

Nir Gershon

Metal Works

Mahmoud Massarwa

Surveyor

Danny Kreisberg

Quantity Surveyor

Shahar Geller

Plumbing

Avi Zwilling

Electricty

Mizug Plus

Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Ronen Langliv Carpentry

Carpentry

Eylon Engineering

Pool Engineering

Hed Cinema

Smart Home Technologies

Omega Sealing Technologies

Sealing

Shai Rosenberg

Preservation Elements Castings

Roee Dori

Photographer of "The before photos"

Gidon Levin

Photographer of the project

Dana Oberson architects

Interior Design