yard patio breathes life into 19th-century house renovation by meirav galan in tel aviv

in the historic ‘neve tzedek’ neighborhood of tel aviv, israel, meirav galan architects (MGA) has refurbished a 19th-century residence to accommodate a big loved ones of six. the renovation involves the meticulous restoration of the aged composition, as very well as its extension, ensuing in a roomy redesigned townhouse with a recently additional yard patio. 

all visuals courtesy of gidon levin, unless of course stated otherwise



the dwelling was a single of the 1st structures constructed in the picturesque community at the end of the 19th century and was originally fashioned as a a person-tale residence with a flat roof. in the course of the 1930s, the dwelling was extended and architecturally redesigned, introducing a 2nd floor with a tiled roof, a gallery balcony, and exterior stairs. nonetheless, with the passage of time, the making suffered from neglect.


‘on my first go to to the household, underneath all the neglect, I could feeling the european appeal mixed with the nearby mediterranean scent,’ describes architect meirav galan. ‘I uncovered outstanding substantial ceilings, traditional european wooden doors and windows, iron in-depth balustrades, and a lovely mediterranean balcony with a parisian contact. I imagined myself reviving the tale and interweaving with my clients’ dreams’

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the architectural structure of the townhouse, spanning more than a very long rectangle large amount, involved preservation as demanded by the municipality law, partial destruction, and new additions that extended the built area from 250 to 580 sqm. the present two flooring were preserved as well as the façade’s unique openings and exclusive balcony. the large tower that experienced held a staircase connecting the two levels was demolished and changed by a new extension, designed and redesigned as if it had normally been there. in the meantime, the tiled roof was replaced by a rooftop balcony with a sea watch and plunge pool. 



the front property that experienced initially been two meters larger than the street was terraced, developing a new level with a welcoming exterior entrance and a support spot on the street amount as effectively as a new reduced lawn that brings in organic light and air to the basement. a new staircase was designed and created to guide in direction of the preserved entrance stage.



meanwhile, the southern wing was rebuilt and prolonged to contain two new flooring reduce than the previous wing flooring thanks to preservation heights’ limitations, and a tiled roof attic with a balcony. the façade, while new, was made with specifics very similar to the primary northern elevation. a backyard garden patio was developed as the coronary heart of the residence among the outdated wing and the new 1, giving additional purely natural mild and operating as an personal non-public outside space in the middle of a really dense urban cloth. although the road facades protect the aesthetic character of the unique home and of the community, the patio’s metal framed windows facades ended up created as a contrast entity, emphasizing the new architectural layout.

image courtesy of roee dori



challenge data:


name: neve tzedek patio dwelling
architects: meirav galan architects (MGA)
venture administration and supervision: bar engineering – eran eldor and tomer ben tovim
structural engineering: buky snir
inside style: dana oberson
backyard garden design and style: haim kohen
lighting layout: tzach cohen
photoshoot styling: roni tishler
site: tel aviv, israel
gross crafted spot: 580 sqm
large amount place: 246 sqm
photography: gidon levin (‘after’ photographs), roee dori (‘before’ pics)



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