Located in a quiet neighbourhood in Tel Aviv, Israel, this apartment got a complete makeover. The homeowners are a young couple, an architect and her husband – so the main challenge of the project was enabling the fulfillment of the architects’ very specific vision within the limits of their strict budget.
The young architect believes that the solution to this is mixing up high-end unique and expensive pieces with affordable items from Ikea etc., creating an accessible design for all. The apartment is equipped with tailored cabinetry pieces, customized specifically to the owners’ needs – as parents to be, the need for smart storage solutions was a major one.
The owners love hosting dinners and didn’t want the dining area to look cluttered with chairs most of the time, as well as not having the extra space to store multiple chairs. The solution was designing a window-side bench that has storage incorporated in it, has a visually “framing” effect that projects the outdoor greenery, and most importantly allowing the glass table to open up and serve up to 12 people. A bonus “side-effect” of the bench was the semi-closed balcony area created by it, making it a welcoming, cozy hang out spot.
Another unique feature of the apartment is the glass-walled study room/office. As seen on the “before” plan, the apartment had a service room mainly for hanging the laundry to dry. It was closed with a wall and created a very strange hall in the middle of the unit. As an architect, she has a need for a small office to host small design meetings and work in. The glass-walled room was a perfect solution, creating the feel of an enclosed room separated acoustically from the rest of the house, while creating spatial continuity, flooding the main space with light and creating a more spacious feeling, than opposed to the original brick-walled room.