Tel aviv, the busy metropolis in the center of Israel, was named as a World Cultural Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2003 thanks to the four-thousand plus Bauhaus-style buildings that grace the White City zone of Tel Aviv, known as such due to the predominantly white and pastel-colored buildings along, in the main, Rothschild Boulevard, Dizengoff Circle and Bialik Street. UNESCO noted that the White City presents a wonderful example of town planning and architecture in the early twentieth century as modern architectural trends that originate from around the world are successfully adapted and integrated into the traditions of the city.
In the 1920s, the rapidly-changing city was lacking, decided city officials, a collective architectural style. A large number of architect graduates immigrated in the thirties to Tel Aviv and brought with them the Modernist style of architecture that they had learnt in Germany. The international style was known for it's asymmetric lines, minimalist approach and lack of useless decorations. Interior design is simple and functional. Perhaps more than anything, the ever-present balconies set Tel Aviv apart from other cities, creating a sense of community as socializing is simply a matter of peering across to one's neighbors' balcony.
For the visitor to Tel Aviv who wishes to visit one of the notable 830 sites on UNESCO's famous list that are said to be invaluable to human culture as a whole, be sure to make your way to the White City zone of Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv's first boulevard, Rothschild Boulevard, has a large number and variety of intriguing buildings. The street is a literal piece of architectural art and provides the chance for visitors to savor the unique fusion of old and new that makes Tel Aviv the exciting place it is.
a must for all those visiting Tel Aviv- even if you don't have the time to walk around take the time to drive through
We thoroughly enjoyed the free walking tour that takes place every Saturday at 11:00 AM- it leaves from Rothschild Boulevard and in two hours takes you through the most prominenet of the Bauhaus buildings in Tel Aviv, as well as giving you background on the history of architecture of TA in the forties.