Located in central Jaffa in Tel Aviv, Israel, this two bedroom apartment was recently renovated by innovative Studio ETN in order to create a thoroughly modern, light-filled home in tune with the lifestyle of its owners, a professional couple with a young daughter.
Occupying a standard Tel Aviv, Jaffa building, architect Eitan Cohen channeled the neighbourhood’s amalgamation of past and present by combining local materials and industrial references with a contemporary aesthetic of minimalist refinement interlaced with playful details.
The apartment’s layout was completely redesigned in order to create a spacious living area for entertaining guests, one of the owners is a chef which meant demolishing most walls, doing away with corridors and merging the kitchen into the living room.
In order to address the uneven distribution of natural light due to the new layout brought and the building’s window configuration, Cohen introduced glass dividers framed by thin Belgium profiles to separate the living room from the master bedroom and study. This solution allows daylight to evenly flood the living area throughout the day, facilitated by the apartment’s high ceilings which have been wisely retained by eschewing the use of gypsum boards, while at night, different lighting scenarios create a more intimate or social atmosphere.
Photos by Gideon Levin.