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1930s - the white city was built on the dunes

You need to remove the chaff from the grain to see the beauty of Tel Aviv's White City. UNESCO's declaration of a World Heritage Site was not in vain. In the 1930s Tel Aviv was actually the "white city built on the dunes" along the Mediterranean shore. Though having the highest concentration of International Style buildings in the world, now you have to pinpoint the white buildings amongst the dilapidated ones.

First hand knowledge base

It takes some endeavor to locate the restored white buildings. With architectural knowledge, photographer's eye, and a native's familiarity, I scanned and explored the White City thoroughly. The result is apparent in my FRAGMENTS project, and in the rich first hand knowledge base that I have acquired.

Get a sense of the place and the urban landscape

The walk is up to explore the urban fabric of the "White City" and the local version of the Modernist Architecture. We get a sense of the place while we traverse two of the three zones designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. We can experience the strikingly consistent style of the urban landscape.

Highest concentration of Bauhaus buildings

We start with the neighborhood around Dizengoff square, which has the highest concentration of "Bauhaus" buildings in Tel Aviv. Our attention is drawn to the subtle variations on the "white cube" of the 1930s architecture, as we examine carefully volumes and facades of the mostly residential buildings. Visiting a few of the entrance halls and stairwells allows for an intimate inspection of the materials and details, thus sensing the design spirit that had inspired the period's architects.

Patrick Geddes' 1925 master plan principles

The impact of town planner Patrick Geddes' 1925 master-plan for Tel Aviv, and its successful execution, is discussed in one of the small green squares which embody, together with the buildings around it, some of Geddes' ideas and guidelines that shaped the emerging city and gave it its unique character.

Socialist ideas of the Zionist movement

Then it's on to the Workers Cooperative Residences where we'll be looking at the communal interior courtyard while reflecting upon the connection between this architecture and the socialist and egalitarian ideas of the Zionist movement.

A story of one family building

This part of the tour ends with the story of three generations of a family that has owned a Bauhaus building since it was constructed in 1936. The narrative unfolds through photographs that line the building’s stairwell.

Bauhaus renewal at Rothschild Boulevard

A short taxi drive takes us to the second zone: Rothschild Boulevard. Along it and on the small adjacent streets, we find some of the finest examples of the Bauhaus architecture in Tel Aviv. Going down the Boulevard, one can get a real feeling of the effect that the Bauhaus renewal is having on the city – newly restored buildings stand next to dilapidated ones, while others, surrounded by scaffoldings, are undergoing renovation.

King Albert square – rainbow of styles

We conclude our tour at the King Albert square where a dynamic combination of styles represent the various periods of construction in the city and create an architectural perspective of the history of Tel Aviv.



Tel Aviv Bauhaus Walk 
with Yigal Gawze

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> In-depth private tour

> With Yigal Gawze - 
   architect and photographer

> Architecture, urbanism,
   history and culture
   of the White City

English, French

3 hours

1-2 persons 650 ILS
3-4 persons 800 ILS

5 hours walking tour


Geddes Tel Aviv map 1925

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