Gracefully revamped during ten years of meticulous renovation by Tel Aviv-based Bar Orian Architects, the hospitality villa is crowned by a new rooftop-spanning penthouse whose contemporary sensibility, far from clashing with the century-old architecture, creates a hybrid sensibility that captures the city’s vibes. Housed in a historic villa in Neve Tzedek, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Tel Aviv, Israel, “The Levee” is the town’s latest hospitality design arrival offering eight spacious apartments of luxury and contemporary sophistication where guests can feel at home.
Designed by Israeli-Belgian interior designer Yael Siso, The Levee’s eight apartments follow the exterior’s eclectic paradigm by combining an industrial vibe with a refined aesthetic based on mid-century elegance and modern minimalism.
Separated from the original building by an intermediate level that has been set back, the striated block seems to hover above the villa while the floor below enjoys the use of a balcony that wraps around the glass-fronted spaces.
Ranging from 115 to 280 square meters, all eight apartments feel spacious and bright, blessed as they are with generous ceiling heights and plenty of daylight, courtesy of large windows and floor to ceiling glazing in the penthouse. Contrary to the historic look of the villa’s restored exterior, the refurbished loft-like interiors are underpinned by an industrial aesthetic featuring untreated cement walls, board-formed concrete ceilings and exposed air ducts. This urban aesthetic was not a capricious decision by the designer but rather a homage to the building’s original building fabric.
If the rugged, rough-hewn surfaces embody Tel Aviv’s dynamic past, then the impeccable modern finishes and elegant contemporary furnishings speak of the city’s celebrated present.