Fourth year Studio - Conservation Studio
In collaboration with Yuval Even
Jerusalem Boulevard, Jaffa.
Led by | Architect Shmuel Graog Shira Sprecher and
The block the project focuses on is characterized by long, narrow plots that extend between the two streets that define it. Most of the buildings in this block are built in a courtyard houses format - two separate buildings that are located centrally on the sides of the lot around a central courtyard. The entrances to the lot lead to the courtyard from which access is given to the buildings themselves. The courtyards are separated by walls that define the lines of the lot. Despite the distinct style of the buildings, these have been neglected over the years and have undergone changes that have damaged their original character.
Compared to the courtyards houses, the Saba House, at 83 Sderot Jerusalem Street, was designed in the style of an urban block structure that is more in line with the construction style in the southern part of Tel Aviv, than the courtyard houses style of the Anuza neighborhood. As such, the structure will appear to be incompatible with where it was built, and even contradicts the original form of development of the block. Perhaps for this reason his original design was not completed.
The project aims to create a connection between the different construction typologies and opposing styles by completing an 'infill' structure in the interconnection between them and creating a new interception for the residential block of Anuzha neighborhood. Like the other courtyard houses on the block, the new building is centered on the courtyard. In addition, the building was raised on columns to allow access to the courtyard, and the walls separating the plots were also opened to produce a continuous path along its length. Another feature that influenced the nature of the block is that it borders on Commercial Jerusalem Boulevard, so the block courtyard becomes an interstate where some of the busy boulevard commercial programs run into integration with the quiet neighborhood street.