The historic courtyard neighborhood of Ohel Shlomo, characterized by its colorful outer wall and proximity to the Mahane Yehuda Market, has been immune to the gentrification of Yafo Street for decades. Much like the neighboring Batei Saidoff, however, the depressed location is about to undergo its biggest change since the late 1800s.
With an eye towards the future and an appreciation for the past, Israeli architecture firm o2a Studio envisions the site with its historical buildings preserved and the addition of 200 new residential units of varying size (11,700 square meters total). Commercial space will line the ground floor, overlooking an open courtyard.
Further down the road, o2a Studio has designed an 8-storey residential building. The project, known as The Jaffa Street Residences, features 56 apartments and ground-level commercial space contained in a 4,500 square meter building.
Unlike the aforementioned Ohel Shlomo project, a portion of the outer gate will be preserved. Additionally, the building will include smaller (45 square meter), more affordable apartments.
The plans for both projects were submitted last year and are undergoing the municipal approval process.