It’s that time of year! Tel-Avivans (or is it Tel-Avivians?) open their homes, studios and offices to the public as part of the Houses from Within weekend tours. Last Friday (May 7th) I managed to see a few of the more than a hundred locations! This is the first of a series of posts.
At the front entry of these three (the third is not shown) 1926 buildings I was not prepared for the space that awaited me.
With light pouring in from all directions the space had a bit of an old European grandeur to it. It was an elegant solution to the growing need for office space by the S. Horowitz & Co. law firm which currently occupies the buildings.
The original architects of 31 Ahad Ha`am St. corner of Yavne St., Tel-Aviv were Huberman, Borner and Stark; and B. Margolin and G. Koigan.
The renovation architects: Miriam Meiman and Bruria Shaked-Okon in cooperation with Nina Chernobilski, incorporated urban preservation concepts but without compromising the relationship between the buildings, the street or the skyline.
Here is the front entry I just walked through.
Then I turned to the right saw this clean lined entry to some offices.
And stepped back and looked up to this vista.
And finally the glass enclosed top floor and roof.
I really liked the choice of industrial looking lighting combined with the warmth of the wood flooring on the foot bridges.
At the opposite corner were the elevator and stairs which were carefully integrated.
Here is a closer look:
And look at the attention to details:
Such a dignified message holder.
I really liked those port hole A/C vents.
The renovation managed to preserve the buildings as separate entities that merged into a flowing complex by means of a transparent entrance lobby.
All images and text copyright Judy Weiss. All rights reserved.
Office Tour: An Innovative Renovation