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If you just take a look at these pictures and see the architectural beauty of this historic residential flat in Jaffa, Tel Aviv,Israel, I’m sure you’ll say this place is “cool” and I’ll agree with you. The architecture and the views of this place are out-of-this-world cool! I fell in love with this place the moment I saw it, but at the same time the very minimalist decor got me thinking: Should we mix historic with ultra contemporary elements? I know we see this often in the world of design and I’m a believer there’s no such thing as onlyone right form to design any kind of style. Therefore, I wonder what most of you think about this mix.

The flat was designed by Israeli based Pitsou Kedem Architects. The 100 square metre (1,076.4 square feet) residential flat which overlooks the majestic splendor of the Mediterranean Sea is very unique not only for its location but also for the structure itself.

Please take a good look on these pictures and tell me if you think the minimalist interiors look “Cool or Fool” in this place. I’d love to know your opinion on this.

The Table

I think this table is a beautiful piece and the chairs look great, but I wonder how comfortable they actually are.

Love At First Sight

It’s almost impossible to not fall in love with the architecture of this place!


This kitchen is so sleek that it’s almost not there.


The main areas of the flat.

Gorgeously Old

I’d love to see this place in person because of these arches.

Minimal Art

Even the art in this place feels minimalist but creates a big impact in this area.


Beautiful views are reflected by a mirror.


With all this beautiful space and views, only a single chair was added. I don’t think minimalism is reflecting comfort in this space.

Living Room

More of the living room.

Less or More

Do you think a place with such strong architectural details like this one should have less or more furniture?


A little sink, a mirror and some storage.


It’s hard to look inside with the Mediterranean sea outside, but notice the shower is in the middle of the bedroom. Sexy or too invasive?

Ocean Breeze

Oh, this view!


Truly inspiring…

Source: Yatzer.

Now that you’ve seen the whole flat, I’d love for you to tell me if the minimalist interiors are “Cool or Fool” in your opinion. Would you change it or leave it this way? I know it’s impossible to call this place fool, and I wouldn’t neither, but I wonder what you think of the mix of minimalism in historic buildings like this one.

This was the first week back to school for us. I have to say that I feel weird letting go of summer, but sometimes we don’t have the choice, things will change their course no matter what and all you have to do is embrace the new changes. I will miss summer for sure, besides I’m not a big fan of waking up when everything’s still dark outside. Yes, I’ll miss summer, but the positive side is seeing the kids happy for seeing their friends and seeing the beautiful Fall foliage surrounding our place. I guess, I’m already preparing myself to embrace new changes, starting by opening my eyes and seeing beauty in them.

What about you? Are you looking forward Autumn?

I’m wishing you a very blessed weekend to all of you.


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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* “Cool or Fool” happens every Friday. I’ve started this section where I post “different” and controversial things that I know some of you will love and others will not. The point is to tell us what you really think, regardless of anything. It’s a space where you speak your mind and analyze what you see. Have fun with it and laugh along the way!

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  1. Tereza said,

    prédios históricos com soluções minimalistas para seus interiores é algo comum nos nossos dias.
    Minimalismo nunca me passou sensação de conforto, a mim parecem mais galerias para expor peças de design consagrado, o que fazem com maestria dentro das regras, por assim dizer.
    Neste caso, o minimalismo não me agrediu, achei interessantíssimo o contraste com a arquitetura, que, na minha opinião, foi mais valorizada pela escassez de mobília.
    Nem cool nem fool.

  2. Wow this is really something. Those views are insane!! For me though it doesnt’ feel like a home as much as it feels like an architectural gem. I really admire the lines and materials used but it feels barren and not warm and cozy as I like. I would feel like I am living in a cave….so interesting though and so dramatic, wow!

  3. uau, que csa doida, louca rsrs mas eu adorei, um astral legal, né? bjs e ótimo fim de semana pra vc, Lu

  4. Ann said,

    I am definitely loving the view…

    Although there are parts of the house that does not suit my taste, especially those that look cold… I love cozy interiors.

  5. Sheila Zeller said,

    I personally love it! I like a mix of old and new, and love the Eames chairs in this ancient setting. Some of the modern integration may be too much, but for me I can do this one!!! 🙂

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend Luciane.

    See you again on Monday!
    xo Sheila

  6. Timothy said,

    Cooooool! I love it! Except for the shower in the bedroom and the kitchen chairs. I really like the lonely chair by the patio! I am a huge fan of minimalism – it brings me comfort to have lots of space and no clutter.

  7. michele@hellolovelyinc said,

    i adore it and could live here. so much soul so it doesn’t need extra adornment.

    i look forward to the apple orchard season but not the windy and bare tree months.

    be well.


  8. maria rushton said,

    The architecture and the view is amazing – but I prefer cosy clutter to cool minimalism. As for the shower in the bedroom…well, judging by the ‘cheeky’ book on the kitchen table, these people clearly don’t have a problem with nudity!
    Have a lovely weekend Luciane x

  9. Gloria said,

    How’s my buddy, Luciane?! I’m getting back into the blogging swing and visiting my favorites. 🙂
    Now, you are asking for opinions on this house… I think it is “cool” and although I am not a fan of the “minimalist” look (I prefer comfy-ness and florals and stripes!), I think that this is what this abode needs. Meaning, the rooms are pretty narrow, and anything big and overstuffed would look too much with the ‘cold, crispness’ of the arches and columns. But I, myself, don’t think I could get comfortable in here. Great photos though and thanks for sharing; you always do wonderful “thought-provoking” posts!
    Hope you are feeling well these days, and have a wonderful weekend with your family.

  10. Dovecote Decor said,

    I love cool or fool. I say cool. It is a coherent and well scaled mix. Those chairs are really comfortable. They have a bit of give. The architecture speaks for itself, and the furnishings are functional when considering sand and wet bathing suits. It still has a pretty factor.

  11. designchic said,

    I’ll take those views any day, and though I love a warm and cozy home, the gorgeous stone and amazing archways could make me change my mind. Happy Friday, Luciane!

  12. Julia @ Hooked on Houses said,

    Very cool if you ask me. And the views take my breath away. Beautiful!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Luciane! 🙂

  13. Kathy said,

    It touches the heart somehow…great post, love the uniqueness

  14. debra phillips said,

    actually a difficult choice but would ultimately say cool.

    such minimalism allows the architecture to take center stage. this home, being in israel, would be a constant respite from the oppressive heat
    love it lucianne!

  15. kristin said,

    Dear Luciane, this apartment is sooo beautiful!! And it works with minimalism, but it would be beautiful anyway!!! Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend!!!

    Love, Kristin

  16. Mandi Smith T said,

    Totally cool. Not sure I would want to live this way all the time, but I could certainly take a summer vacay for a couple months in this space every year!! Love it. M.

  17. The Texas Peach said,

    I definitely wouldn’t call this one Fool either. What an incredible view to have! The architecture itself is amazing. The furnishings are way too contemporary for my taste. My biggest problem would be the kitchen. I love to cook, and that space just doesn’t make me want to get in there and cook. The shower in the bedroom thing really isn’t something I would want to have. I need a little more privacy when bathing! So looking forward to Fall and the cooler temperatures, but I will miss Summer! Always sad to see it go. Hope you have a great weekend!

  18. portebella said,

    I Like this Old/New mix & Historic/Minimal mix! The minimalism of the furnitures makes me notice more details of the arches and ceilings. THis is the first ” Cool or Fool” design I like

  19. Victoria Athens said,

    The views are breathtaking, but the house is more like an art installation than a home. Depressing.

  20. slim paley said,

    I’m with “portebella” I LOVE juxtaposing the Old/New, Historic/Minimal- So interesting. Why not have the best of both if you’re lucky enough to find a space like this?!

  21. Manderley said,

    It’s beauty, but what I like most are the views, great!


  22. Meera @ firstsense said,

    Hello there pretty lady. I am really missing blogging and my blog friends as just very busy with other things right now, but trying to catch up when I can!

    This place is amazing and I say COOL. I don’t usually go for minimalism but here I like that there is nothing distracting the wonderful architecture. What a find, my lovely!

    Meera xx

  23. Heather said,

    This place is amazing!!! Looks a little cold but the arches and the view sold me! Very Cool!

  24. Em said,

    The architecture of the apartment is magnificent!!! But, would be so much more complemented by different decor. Certaintly not chinzy or ruffles, something classic. I want this place! 🙂

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