Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Bauhaus architecture style in Tel Aviv

In the 1930's when the city of Tel Aviv was rapidly developing most of the architects in the city were influenced by the modernistic design of the "International style" of architecture being developed at the Bauhaus school of art and design in Germany. The Bauhaus style is characterized with a modern clean un-ornamented design.
In 2003, UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, named Tel Aviv "The White City" and declared it a World Cultural Heritage site. Tel Aviv is said to have the largest number of buildings built in the International Style in the purest form of the style. Although moderations to the style were made to accommodate the Mediterranean climate of Tel Aviv as opposed to the German climate where the International style was developed. The changes were mainly, that balconies added instead of windows, and cornices added to increase shaded areas without decreasing the circulation of air. You can take a guided tour to see the Bauhaus of Tel-Aviv through the Bauhaus center which also has a shop with Bauhaus International style designs and souvenirs.

The Bauhaus center

The renovated Bauhouse building on Rothschild Blvd. number 79

The Bauhouse building on Ben Yehuda street.

The Cinima Hotel on Deizengoff Square

Other intersting buildings to look at:

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