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Guide to the Bauhaus Architecture of the “White City” of Tel Aviv

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article-imageDetail of the Bauhaus Museum, Tel Aviv (photograph by BergA/Wikimedia)

The immigration of Europeans fleeing the Nazis to Tel Aviv in the 1930s just happened to coincide with one of the most experimental architecture movements of the 20th century. The Israeli city now has over 4,000 examples of Bauhaus or International style buildings constructed between the 1930s and 40s. 

In the Bauhaus architecture, symmetry is less important than style, white was used to reflect the sunlight and give the structures a simplicity, and ideas from architects like Le Corbusier on proportions were brought into these studies in function. In this way Tel Aviv has its alternate name — the White City.

The whole of the White City was recognized in 2003 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and local organizations like the Bauhaus Center and the new Bauhaus Museum pay tribute to this architectural legacy. But much of the beauty of Bauhaus can be appreciated visually just with a stroll through the city.

Here are a few highlights:

Rabinsky House

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photograph by Degser/Wikimedia

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photograph by Deror avi/Wikimedia

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via Wikimedia

Cinema Hotel

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photograph by Robinbagon/Wikimedia

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photograph by Robinbagon/Wikimedia

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181 HaYarkon 18

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photograph by Brian Jeffery Beggerly

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photograph by Sagie/Flickr user

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Hechal Yehuda Synagogue

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photograph by Avishai Teicher

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Dizengoff Square

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photograph by Itaifortis/Wikimedia

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via Wikimedia

article-imagephotograph by Robinbagon/Wikimedia


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