John Pawson Transforms a 19th-Century Former Hospital Into the Jaffa, a Luxury Hotel in Tel Aviv

In the presidential suite at the Jaffa, a Tel Aviv hotel and residential complex by John Pawson, exterior shutters of perforated aluminum cast patterned shadows onto its travertine flooring and Hans Wegner chair. Photography by Amit Geron.

One of the complex buildings is a 19th-century former hospital, its original staircase restored and tilework replaced with locally made replicas. Photography by Amit Geron.

Through the loggia’s arched colonnade, the complex’s new building can be seen across the central courtyard. Photography by Amit Geron.

Pierre Paulin chairs and Philipp Mainzer tables furnish the reception area of the subterranean L. Raphael Spa. Photography by Amit Geron.

Honed travertine clads its entry corridor. Photography by Amit Geron.

Shiro Kuramata seating enlivens the main lobby, located in the new building. Photography by Amit Geron.

Deconsecrated and restored to reveal original paintwork, the hospital’s chapel now functions as the hotel’s bar and lounge. Parts of the stained-glass windows and tiled floor are new, as are the Cini Boeri chairs and the upper photographs of such actors as Bing Crosby and Montgomery Clift depicting priests. Photography by Amit Geron.

Golda’s Deli, the Jaffa’s casual restaurant, features custom ceramic tile by Pawson and Michael Thonet stools. Photography by Amit Geron.

In the new building, the poolside suite’s bed, rug, and throw are all custom by Pawson, and the photograph is by Tal Shochat. Photography by Amit Geron.

Cedar veneers walls in a spa treatment room. Photography by Amit Geron.

Paneling is walnut and chairs are by Niels O. Møller at Don Camillo, the main restaurant. Photography by Amit Geron.

The former hospital building, its limestone facade power-washed and repaired, overlooks the courtyard and 50-foot pool, the landscape design by Rees Roberts + Partners. Photography by Amit Geron.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Michel Ducaroy designed the chairs and sofa, respectively, in the presidential suite’s dining/living area. Photography by Amit Geron.

Cararra marble lines its master bathroom. Photography by Amit Geron.

The balcony’s custom aluminum shutters and balustrade were inspired by mashrabiya, an Arabic latticework. Photography by Amit Geron.

The balcony’s custom aluminum shutters and balustrade were inspired by mashrabiya, an Arabic latticework. Photography by Amit Geron.

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