The steel-framed windows are all that remain from the original building.
Meitlis started with an L-shaped blank slate and fashioned it into a live-work apartment:
One branch is filled with bedrooms while the other houses offices for Studio Alex Meitlis, his architecture and design firm.
The two arms meet at a chameleonic corner room, where, pre-COVID,
an oversize wooden table was used to host meetings by day and dinner parties by night.
The space opens in all four directions, including onto a leafy terrace.
Glass steel-framed doors outfit every threshold, accentuating a sense of infinity amplified
by the strategic use of white on every surface, from the ceilings to the Carrara marble floors.
Meitlis loves how white glows in the Mediterranean light;
it’s also a wink at the Bauhaus architecture for which Tel Aviv is renowned.
The loft’s fluid identity hinges on this feeling of boundlessness between home and office, art and design, inside and outside.
“You don’t know where it’s finished, the space,” says Bisignano, who originally trained as an architect.
“Is this the bathroom? No. This is the bathroom and. This is the bedroom and. There is no limit.”Indeed, the stark minimalism of the penthouse is what convinced Ottolenghi to adopt a similarly modernist style for his restaurants in London. “Alex’s Tel Aviv apartment was, right from the start, a brilliant showcase of the power of long, clean lines and outstandingly beautiful objects in making a space that is both welcoming and striking,” says the chef.