R48 dates to the 1930s, a period of phenomenal development for Tel Aviv when architects from Europe arrived in Israel and applied their expertise in the avant-garde International Style. This new, 11-room boutique project aims to set a new standard for hospitality in Tel Aviv and features landscape architecture by Piet Oudolf (High Line Park, New York City), who is commissioned to design a garden that connects the two plots, as well as interior design and furnishings by Liaigre. At street level, there is a new location of the city’s famed Brasserie restaurant by R2M Founders Ruti and Mati Broudo, who pioneer boutique hospitality in Tel Aviv with their first restaurant Coffeebar, in 1998, and since then, open and operate many successful establishments iconic to Tel Aviv.
The ambitious, architectural transformation was carried out by the Tel Aviv-based studio that embraces architecture, art and philosophy. Through careful restoration, the preserved Bauhaus building is extended with a glass façade that bathes the hotel in beautiful light and creates the space for 11 generous suites and two signature restaurants. With features that include wraparound balconies, emblematic thermometer windows, and a sleek, curvilinear staircase, R48 is a shining example of international-style architecture.
The interiors were developed by the world-renowned Studio Christian Liaigre, who have imbued the spacious suites and common areas with timeless sophistication, finely crafted furnishings, and a thoughtful approach to comfort. For over thirty years, the Liaigre signature has been synonymous with high standards and refinement. Straight from the beginning, the thought process regarding design drawing on natural materials and excellent workmanship matches a concept that privileges arts and crafts in the spirit and tradition of French furniture.
Piet Oudolf is a prominent figure of the ‘New Perennial Movement’, was assigned the task of designing a sequence of natural vignettes. Plush plantings on the primary terraces, as well as greenery surrounding the rooftop pool area, have helped establish a feeling of seaside relaxation. Mr Oudolf himself adopts a naturalistic gardening style, drawing inspiration from architectural design.
Upon entering R48, nestled in the heart of the hotel, you’ll find an intimate chef restaurant headed by Chef Ohad Solomon. Ohad spent the past 9 years honing his skills as the head chef for the group’s first restaurant, the “Coffee Bar”. His cooking style takes inspiration from different kitchens and techniques all around the world. When creating the menu, he drew from his diverse array of knowledge, passions, and experience. The result is a menu that features his personal and refreshing interpretations of Far East, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines.
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