To us, the best renovation projects are the ones that involve a great transformation, which is what architect Zachit Tshuva achieved in her Ramat Gan design. Today we would like to introduce her fantastic result to our readers.
Zachit Tshuva operates from Israël and already has a profound experience within the architectural field. She studied at the Pratt Institute and, as an architect and interior designer, always delivers projects that she handles with passion from beginning to end. Important values she strives for in her work include harmony, minimalism and raw materials. Also in the Ramat Gan project she stayed true to these. The buildings dates from 1950 and is ninety-five square metres. Initially, the living area was merely 250 centimetres high, which caused an unpleasant and oppressing feeling. When Tshuva decided to uncover the beams, the room got a considerable additional height. Although the proportions significantly approved because of this, the architect wanted to temper the industrial look of the beams. She did this by placing plaster between the highest beams, which created a pleasant and soft feeling.
Both the walls and ceilings have a white colour, which enlarges the limited surface.
The entire building consists of merely one floor. Originally, the kitchen was a narrow space, which Tshuva changed by incorporating it in the living room. As a result, the current kitchen is an open area that faces the living room and courtyard. According to the architect herself, she fell in love with the pattern of the Morrocan Zelig tiles in the kitchen. Furthermore, a lot of natural light enters from the courtyard since the entire wall between the indoor and outdoor space covers two enormous windows. In the rest of the house, windows were placed more carefully to maintain the intimate feeling of the old building. Tshuva provided a home office in the corridor that leads to the master bedroom, as well as an indoor window between the living area and hallway. Tshuva knew how to keep the warmth of the house by choosing a wooden floor that functions as a connecting factor. The majority of the furniture has modern and monochrome colours. Returning materials here are, for example, wood and leather, which simultaneously have an interesting texture. In her projects, the architect always pays a lot of attention to the furniture; she finds this a crucial aspect in the overall atmosphere of a home. The same goes for the artwork, which in this case are mainly oil paintings that depict outdoor scenes and landscapes. For Tshuva, these function as small windows throughout the house. Both the walls and ceilings have a white colour, which enlarges the limited surface. The whole has a light vibe that is inviting and looks extremely cosy. Moreover, the interior is free from superfluities without being bare or unpersonal. Tshuva explains that she likes to combine the old with the new in renovation projects and that the challenge is precisely to reveal and respect the layers from the past. With Ramat Gan, she undoubtedly succeeded in this.
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Photography by Gadi Yosef