A Massive Update + Preservation Breathes New Life Into a Neglected Townhouse

08.16.21 | By
A Massive Update + Preservation Breathes New Life Into a Neglected Townhouse

In the historic Neve Tzedek neighborhood of Tel Aviv stood a townhouse that was neglected, graffiti’d and overrun with weeds. After being sold to its new owners, a family of six, the home underwent a massive update spearheaded by Meirav Galan Architect (MGA) that included architectural preservation and detail restoration, partial destruction and new additions, with interior design by Dana Oberson Architects. The before and after photos speak for themselves.

neglected facade

In the northern wing of the house, MGA preserved the two floors, the facade’s original openings and the unique balcony but built a new extension to look as if it had always been there. The architect shares:

On my first visit to the house, underneath all the neglect, I could sense the European charm combined with the local Mediterranean scent. I discovered impressive high ceilings, classic European wooden doors and windows, iron detailed balustrades and a beautiful Mediterranean balcony with a Parisian touch. I imagined myself reviving the story and interweaving with my clients’ dreams.


The southern wing was also redesigned to look like the original northern facade for a seamless continuation.

living room


The garden patio acts as a bridge between the original space and the new extension. It provides additional natural light and functions as a private outdoor space.

garden patio

garden patio


An ultra-long kitchen island spans the length of the dining area and provides plenty of storage.

outdoor garden

second level of home

Steel frame windows frame the interior garden patio, providing even more natural light in what would have otherwise been a dark, shadowed quarter.

second level of home



reading nook

bathroom vanity

rooftop garden

The tiled roof is replaced by a new rooftop balcony that includes a plunge pool and succulent garden.

rooftop pool

rooftop pool

After photos by Gideon Levin.
Before photos by Roee Dori.

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