Restoration and Conservation of an historic building, 2,800 sqm, in planning 2015, Jerusalem.
The original site and development plan and historic photos show a modernist stone building with a rich and dynamic outline, located perpendicular to the vista between two gardens. The upper garden faces the city and the large lower garden which in its time opened to the distant views of the Judean mountains. The house filtered the desert views into the city.
The original ground floor plan and historic interior photos show how series of vertical openings open the interior of the house to the bright light of the Jerusalem hills and to the view surrounding the house. Concrete and timber pergolas slightly filtered this light.
The conceptual scheme of the layout of the house like the original sketches of Erich Mendelsohn that check the desired morphology of the building within the park are fully upheld in the final building as seen in the historical aerial photogaphs.
Over the years the house was sold and its function was changed to a music academy. Many additions to the building were added in its various wings over the years until in lost entirely its originl look. The lower garden was sold and two buildings were built on it.
Our goal is to remove all of the later building additions and return the building to its original function – residential.
The envelope of the original building and the upper garden will be restored in their entirety and the original view that existed from the urban street will be restored.
A new wing at the southwestern corner of the plot will replace the later additions that are to be demolished.