Tel Aviv is also widely known as the “White City” referring to over 4,000 buildings built by German Jewish architects upon their arrival after the rise of Nazi empire in Germany. Bauhaus was originally a German school of design and works on principles that in the 1930’s were extremely forward thinking and modern. In essence, it fused art and design into a new and less decorative style with a political agenda. The social principles that encapsulate Bauhaus design promote equality. This can be seen through the planning of each urban space as shared, with communal gardens and kindergarten, post offices and convenience store.
This amazing number of Bauhaus styled buildings in the world, so much so that in 2003 UNESCO declared Tel Aviv’s White City a World Cultural Heritage site. “The new town of Tel Aviv is an outstanding example of new town planning and architecture in the early 20th century, adapted to the requirements of a particular cultural and geographic context.” Read the full UNESCO decision
If you are looking for more info on Bauhaus when you come to Tel Aviv, my suggestion is to visit the Bauhaus museum on Bilaik Street- open Wednesdays and Fridays or to take a guided Bauhaus Tour. After you have done this pick up a copy of the book “White City Black City” by Sharon Rotbard, a fantastic insight into the architectural history of Tel Aviv and a great read.
- Dizengoff Street looking north between 1934 and 1939 image byLibrary of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection via Creative Commons
- By Elekhh (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons