Van Leer Residence
Project Title
Van Leer Residence
This project involved the architectural restoration of a residence situated in an historical sector of Jerusalem. The existing house was originally two separate structures comprising an upper and a lower level, totally separated by an outcropping. The rock was excavated to create a spiral, stone staircase, connecting both levels of the house. During the excavations, two cisterns were discovered and incorporated into the design of the house: the cistern at ground level was converted into a swimming pool, while the other, on the second floor, was converted into the kitchen.

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Jerusalem, Israel

between 1972 and 1976
Completion Date
Client: William and Lea Van Leer

Project Type
Safdie Architects
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