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ROCK THE KASBAH

by Michele Koh Morollo on Jun 10, 2014 in Architecture , Interiors
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Located in an ancient kasbah, Factory Jaffa House is a place where the walls have tales to tell

The ancient port city of Jaffa is one of the oldest parts of Tel Aviv, and mentioned in the Biblical tales of King Solomon, Jonah and Saint Peter. In an essay about modern archeology, Israeli architect and writer Omri Oz Amar examines Jaffa’s ancient kasbah — a once backwards and disadvantaged area that was rehabilitated and restored into an “artists quarter” in the early 1960s.

Amar notes that excavation during the reconstruction process unearthed archeologically significant finds such as Napoleon’s cannon and sculptures and symbols that date as far back as the time of the Pharaohs; such is the historical heritage of the city.

It is here in this kasbah that one finds Factory Jaffa House, a residential property by Tel Aviv architecture studio Pistou Kedem, housed in a building that could possibly date back to the 17th century. “Its story begins, so it would seem, in the 17th century when Jaffa was resettled. Evidence of this can be seen in construction technologies such as stone arches and vaults, as well as the fact that it is difficult to decide if this was originally a single building or a structure to which other structures were added over time,” writes Amar.

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