Tel Aviv-Bauhaus style and Independence Hall…


Tel Aviv-The Bauhaus (International) Style of Architecture…

In previous blogs, we highlighted several of the neighborhoods of Tel Aviv including Yaffo and Neve Tzedek. Last week we met Eileen’s friend Betty to walk around the center city to look at the architecture…primarily the Bauhaus style that predominates in Tel Aviv. Also known as the International Style,  Tel Aviv has the largest collection of buildings built in this style, anywhere in the world.

Bauhaus architecture began in Germany just prior to the Nazi’s taking over control of the government. When this happened, many of the architects move to Tel Aviv. It seems like you can’t go more than 1 or 2 blocks without seeing buildings built in this style.

 

What is Bauhaus Architecture?…

Bauhaus buildings are usuall cubic, they favor right angles (although some have round corners and balconies) and they have smooth facades.  Because this style of architecture was developed in Germany, it had to be adapted to meet the needs of a warmer climate. In Germany the windows were large. In Tel Aviv, windows were small and narrow so that the hot air could not easily enter the apartments.

There are over 1500 Bauhaus/International style buildings in Tel Aviv that are slated for renovation. Looking at some of the buildings already restored, one can only imagine how beautiful and modern the city must have looked in the 1930’s.

 

Inside an apartment…

Eileen struck up a conversation with a young couple who was moving out of an apartment. They said that they were moving and that we were welcome to look round at the empty apartment. They said the rent was going to be over $1,000.

I was particularly struck by the tile work in the bathroom. Yes, that is by design.

Independence Hall…

Along our route we happened to come upon Israel’s Indpendence Hall. It is a non-descript Bauhaus style building that we would ordinarily have passed if Betty hadn’t pointed out what it was.

On this site, sixty-six families gathered on April 11, 1909 to conduct a lottery for plots of land in a new Jewish neighborhood to grow and become the city of  Tel Aviv. The first Israeli Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, made the proclamation of Independence at 4 pm on May 14, 1948 in the main hall. It is preserved today as it was in 1948.

Tel Aviv is a changing city, but it is doing it’s best to incorporate the old with the new.

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5 thoughts on “Tel Aviv-Bauhaus style and Independence Hall…

  1. Just to let you know that I also am faithfully following
    you on your journey. It’s absolutely the next best thing to
    being there!! The videos are a great addition. Just don’t
    fall off the ATV!!

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