Built in the 1850s and located in the southern part of the city, the house was originally constructed for an orchard owner. In the many years since, the city grew up around it until the house was surrounded by small, crowded streets and, later, fell into abandonment. In renovating it for a young Danish couple, Dvir and Canetti were careful to preserve the house’s original elements, creating a bright “Mediterranean oasis,” evocative of when it must’ve been surrounded by orchards, now right in the middle of the city.
The architects designed around one striking feature: an original limestone wall that stretches all along one side of the house. Over time, it had been covered with plaster, which the architects stripped back to reveal the original stone and archways, fully intact.