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Jerusalem Apartment Where Modern Minimalism Meets Old World Charm!

Blending the old with the new is probably the hardest part of any renovation. That job becomes particularly challenging when large stone pillars and archways need to be combined with cool contemporary design elements. We stumbled upon this interesting apartment located in the historic neighborhood of Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem. Home to a retired US couple, the apartment is spread across the basement and the ground floor of an 80 year old building.

Modern interiors coupled with classic design

Dark and often inconvenient, it was due for a major renovation. Architect Matthew Rosenschein was the man who stepped up to take this unique challenge. One of the first tasks he undertook was to breathe a new lease of life into the old stone pillars and archways. The four doorways were redone with hints of modern charm so that they blend in with the rest of the apartment. Doing away with unnecessary walls, the revamped apartments sports stylish glass partitions that demarcate individual work space.

Stone pillars of the renovated Mahane Yehuda apartment

Glass partitions for small apartments

Home office and study inside the Israeli home

The new open living plan incorporates the living room, dining space and the modern U-shaped kitchen on one level, while the rear wing sports the master bedroom, fitness area, work space and the study. The basement also got a new look with a cool guest bedroom in white, an additional bathroom, a family room and the laundry area. A white backdrop throughout the home ensures that the interior is not visually fragmented and hence has an airy appeal.

With comfortable furnishings in neutral tones, the apartment seems to effortlessly blend in with the traditional while using a minimalistic approach. Simple grays and cool white combined with perfect recessed and focused lighting eliminate any sense of restricted space. Elegant and classy, the apartment does stand out with its inimitable look. [from: Xnet]

Contemporary design and traditional stone walls

Guest bedroom in the basement in white

Street view of the Mahane Yehuda locality, Israel

Sherry Nothingam
Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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