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10 architectural gems in Tel-Aviv


Tel Aviv got built in 1909 on sand dunes outside Yafo. Today, the city is just as good as the great European capitals. Thanks to an eclectic architecture and a mix of styles, Tel Aviv has a certain appeal. Put your shoes on and go discover the city’s architectural jewels. Follow us…

Beit HaPagoda  

Designed by the architect Alexander Levy and built in 1924, the Pagoda House is one of the most impressive examples of eclectic architecture in Tel Aviv. Inspired by the traditional Chinese Pagoda, it also integrates other foreign architectural styles such as its Islamic arches and its Greek columns. The Pagoda House was the first private residency of Tel Aviv to get a lift, set up to arrange the Polish ambassador who was living at the first floor.

Beit HaPagoda is located in Lev Ha’ir on the King Albert Square, at the crossroads of Montefiore and Nahmani.

Beit Levine

Impossible to miss this magnificent urban villa, located at the heart of Rothschild, built in 1924 for the Levine family, by Tel Aviv’s first engineer, Yehuda Megidovich.  

Its special feature is a roof that can open.  

Address: Rothschild 46

Herta and Paul Amir building

When you’ll go visit Tel Aviv Museum, take the time to stare at the building welcoming the Museum’s new wing: it’s a piece of art itself! Open in 2011, it has been designed by Preston Scott Cohen, dean of Harvard’s architecture department. The challenge was to design a building fitting the triangular attributed spot for the project. The result is a piece that has a complex geometry and a space filled of light, marked out by the ‘Light Cascade’, an atrium that goes up spiraling through twisted walls on different levels. You have to see it to understand!

Beit Hadekel

This house on Nahalat Benyamin is probably the most extravagant one on the street. Built in 1922 by Tabachnik for Issar Cohen, the Palm Tree House (Hadekel means palm tree) represents Art Nouveau in its entire splendor.  You’ll note that it’s a symmetrical house, with one curved side and one angular side. It also contains a lot Jewish signs such as two stars of David and menorah-shaped balconies. Before it was stolen, the round window had a decorative green glass with a palm-tree on it. Some of the windows don’t have a glass: in order to symbolize the destruction of the Temple, no building should be totally finished.

Address: Nahalat Benyamin 8

Cinema Hotel

Located on Dizengof square right at the center of Tel Aviv, the Cinema hotel does not go unnoticed despite the dense palm trees in front of it. Monumental piece of international architecture (Bauhaus) built by Yehuda Megidovich in 1930, its slender balconies, geometrical windows and curved structure give it a strong presence.

Immeuble Thermomètre

This unconventional building, built in 1936 by Yehuda Lulka, is named after the weird shape of the windows along the interior staircase, designed in order to let the daylight enter it and save electricity.

Address: Frug 5

Beit Ha’ir

If you want to know more about Tel Aviv history, go visit Beit Ha’ir. Once the city municipality, this building from 1925 on Bialik Square by Moshe Cherner, is today a museum welcoming various cultural and artistic exhibition that, among others, trace the city’s evolution.

Bialik House

Keep on going on Bialik, and you’ll find the house of the poet whose name has been given to the street. The architectural style combines oriental appeal and western design. The facade highlights elements from Islamic architecture like the Oriel window with the protuberant balconies. Don’t hesitate to go inside the house, as splendid as the outside!  

Adresse : Bialik 22

Dan

At first, Kaete Dan was the first existing guest house on the seaside, during the thirties. It has also been used as the headquarters of Hahagana, the first Jewish militia. Who could have thought then that this unpretentious small place was going to become the first luxury hotel of Tel Aviv? Bought in 1947 by Yekutiel and Shmuel Federmann, it was destroyed and built again in 1953. It’s only in 1986 that the facade created by Yaakov Agam has been added. Today, this gradation of colors is clearly one of Tel Aviv’s icons!

Adresse : Hayarkon 99

Allenby’s Great Synagogue

This building is one of the most unique in Tel Aviv. Yehuda Megidovich designed it but the engineer Arpad Geuthe has built the dome. Done in 1925, the Great Synagogue has nevertheless enjoyed a renovation in 1969 to have it adapted to the space of the time. As an example, arches and glass-windows reminding the ones from the European synagogues destroyed during the Holocaust have been added.

Adresse : Allenby 110





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