Dubbed Work and Live by its designers, this small apartment can be found in an International Style building in the center of Tel-Aviv, Israel. The building, first constructed 85 years ago, is set on the White City World Heritage site.
The apartment block is made up of a series of small apartments with tall ceilings and large windows. It fell to local firm, RUST Architects, to provide a contemporary makeover for the property.
Work and Live has a floor plan measuring 570-square-feet (53-square-meters). The renovation was carried out in early 2017 for a young couple who work from home. They wanted to create a layout that would function both as a living space and as a work space, with a clear separation between the two.
The architects were challenged not only to design and accommodate the two main functions within the property, but also needed to meet a host of other requirements, such as storage, lighting etc. The home-based elements include a bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen.
A centrally placed glass box, accessed from the living room, acts as a work space. It contains two work stations, has a small library and a media center. The work space is also designed absorb sound; it features double layered wooden floors, insulated walls, exposed brick and acoustic ceiling tiles.
The apartments original structure and finish lead the architects to create a more refined space. It’s contemporary with a nod towards minimalism, but the overriding theme is comfort; the aim was to create a relaxing home for work and day-to-day living. They’ve made use of a grayscale palette, wood and black-finished steel.
From the architects: “The size of the apartment demanded [us]to fully design the carpentry details, including furniture, kitchen, storage areas and doors. Worm light gradient and technical light fixtures were used to create a pleasant feel and to emphasize Israeli light designer Asaf Weinbroom’s decorative light fixtures.”
Photos: Yoav Peled