In the historic Neve Tzedek neighbourhood of Tel Aviv, this patio house is an extension and preservation of a townhouse completed in 2020. At the outset of the project, Meirav Galan Architect (MGA) noted that though suffering from neglect, the existing fabric nevertheless included impressively high ceilings, classic European wooden doors and windows, iron detailed balustrades, and a beautiful Mediterranean balcony with a Parisian touch.
Situated on a rectangular lot, the project includes the preservation of the existing building as required by local laws, partial demolition, and a newly built area that enlarges the townhouse from 250 m2 to 580 m2. Of this, 190 m2 of the newly constructed area is underground.
The front yard that was originally two meters higher than the street was terraced to create a more welcoming entrance area as well as a new lowered yard that brings natural light and air into the basement. A new staircase was constructed to lead towards the preserved entrance level.
The northern wing of the house was preserved in a detailed restoration. The two existing floors as well as the original façade with its openings and balcony were preserved while the tiled roof was replaced with a rooftop balcony and plunge pool overlooking the sea.
By contrast, the southern wing of the house was rebuilt and extended to include two new subgrade floors (due to height limitations) and a tiled roof attic with a balcony. Though the façade was likewise reconstructed, it features details similar to the north façade.
At the heart of the house, a garden patio was designed to mediate between the new wing and the old wind. The patio brings light into the home and allows for a private outdoor space in the middle of the urban fabric. While much of the house aims to retain the aesthetic of the original house, the steel frame windows in the patio area are a contrasting element, adding a new chapter and modern update.