The buildings of The White City were designed by Jewish architects, who had studied in the Bauhaus School in Germany (or were influenced by it). Following the rise to power of the Nazi regime these architects fled Europe; many came to Tel Aviv, where they developed a new architectural anguage, characterized by its asymmetry, functionality and simplicity.
At first look, houses in the International Style seem like white cubic buildings with little ornamentation. Yet a close observation of the fine details reveals the characteristics of the style: walls used only as shells and not connected to the skeleton, pillars, flat roofs, white walls, strip windows, facades with air ways, shading ledges, vertical stairways accentuated by glass bricks, machine and boat motifs expressed with round windows and industrial elements, pipe banisters, round corners and, of course, a focus on functionality and simplicity.
The best way to experience The White City is by walking down and around Rothschild Boulevard, where many of the buildings have been restored to their original glory.
A free tour of the White City is offered every Saturday at 11:00 am by the Association of Tourism of Tel Aviv. No need to sign up – Meeting point at 46 Rothschild Blvd. (corner of Shadal Street).