White City



In 2003, UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, proclaimed the historic zone of Tel Aviv, also know as The White City, as a World Cultural Heritage site. By this proclamation, UNESCO recognized the special architectural qualities of the buildings, streets, squares and avenues of this zone. The White City area was built in an innovative style, tailored to the needs of its residents, to their life styles, and to the climatic conditions of the region. This area is the world's largest grouping of buildings designed in the International Style known as Bauhaus.

Beginning in the 1930's until the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, about 4,000 buildings were constructed in this area in the International Style. The White City is located between Allenby Street in the south, Begin Road and Ibn Gvirol Street in the east, the Yarkon River in the north, and the Mediterranean Sea in the west.

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).

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About The White City Center

The White City Center (WCC) was co-founded by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality and the German government at a historical and cultural crossroad in the heart of Tel Aviv. The WCC's mission is to actively preserve the heritage of the White City site and the international style, known in Israel as the Bauhaus.
The White City Center will operate at the Liebling House on 29 Idelson Street, one of a series of historic buildings erected around Bialik Square, in the area that was once the beating heart of Tel Aviv. Built by Tony and Max Liebling in 1936, it was designed by architect Dov Karmi with distinctive characteristics of the international style; entirely different from the decorated home of poet Haim Nachman Bialik, located around the corner.
The renovation and conservation project of the Liebling House began in the summer of 2017, scheduled to be completed by 2019.

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