Top drawer: John Pawson designs penthouse for W Tel Aviv Hotel
London-based master of minimalism John Pawson has designed the penthouse for W Hotel's Tel Aviv outpost, drawing on Jaffa's rich historical heritage in the process; and if you were tempted to move to the city's sunny shores, then you'll be pleased to hear that the property has just been released for sale. The catch? This is 'the most expensive penthouse currently on sale in Israel', says developer RFR Holding, proudly.
Offering stunning views of the city's ancient port and the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the spacious, 1,503 sq m penthouse is just one of the residences on site designed by Pawson and his team.
Located within the walls of the 19th century complex that once housed Jaffa's French Hospital, this project is in excellent company; set, as it is, within a historically protected and upmarket neighbourhood of Tel Aviv that combines art and lifestyle offerings of appeal to tourists and locals alike.
The complex may be getting the contemporary treatment inside, but the project also carefully preserves its more historical elements, making sure the new design bridges old and new. Working with these, as well as the area's ample natural light, Pawson made use of a variety of materials, including a specially designed perforated screen for the property's large openings, created to cleverly filter sunlight and views.
The penthouse is slated for completion later in 2016; the buyer will work with Pawson's office to add the finishing, bespoke touches to their new home.