Tel Aviv’s White City by Evan
February 16, 2009, 12:00 pm
Filed under: architecture

Tel Aviv has the greatest concentration of International Style buildings of any city.  The Jewish students of the Bauhaus and other influential European design houses fled to Israel in the 1930s, and their urban planning resulted in this cluster of buildings, all white (hence the name).  The area was named a UNESCO World Heritage site.  If you go to Tel Aviv, I encourage you to take a walk through the White City and take in the modernist architecture.  Guided tours are available in several languages.  For information on the history and design of the area, visit this website.  Most of the buildings are well-preserved, and in fact almost all of them are still being used.  However, a few buildings are falling into a state of external disrepair, like the Engel House, which I’ve included in the gallery below.  Also included are Asia House, which is perhaps the most iconic building of the White City, the “Thermometer House”, and the Cinema Hotel (which, as you surely guessed, was originally a cinema house).


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