The White City
Tel Aviv’s White City is
a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The White
City of Tel Aviv is the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus
Since being designated one of the first ‘modern’ UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world in 2003, restoration of these buildings constructed by German immigrants in the 1920′s & 30′s has picked-up and this quarter is now getting closer to its former glory.
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 on the west. In the 1920′s and 30′s a large number of Jewish architects, who had studied in Europe, moved to Tel Aviv. Wanting to recreate the cafe culture of Europe in the hot climate of Israel, whilst integrating the modernist architectural style they had practiced, the group created a new architectural language, which is rich and diverse, characterized by its asymmetry, functionality and simplicity. The balconies, building pillars, flat roofs and “thermometer” windows have since become trademarks of Tel Aviv.
The White City has been largely restored over the past 20 years as people have realized the importance of the area. It has grown into one of the city’s coolest, trendiest and most exciting districts, with a vibrant atmosphere, and streets lined with cafes, restaurants, and boutiques. Within the White City lies Rothschild Boulevard, one of the city’s first streets designed as a public space with a central garden with benches, a pathway, and kiosks. From the beginning, it has been a place for the locals to see, and to be seen. The street is perfect for a stroll, taking in some of the Bauhaus architecture and some of the street-activity that occurs during the summer months. The unique kiosks in the center of the boulevard are a perfect place to stop for a drink and watch the world go by.
Another notable street in the White City is iconic Sheinkin Street. Sheinkin is a street of old boutiques, cafes and interesting people.
Fashion boutiques include Story, Elise, Ellse, and BIG TOM, whilst Bahunot and Daniella Lehavi are good for shoes. Jewellery can be found at X-Ray, whilst gallery Urbanix is interesting.
The White City of Tel Aviv is hard to miss if you are visiting the city and its worth making the effort to explore a bit, and take in its beautiful architecture & unique atmosphere. Many visitors decide to take a Tel Aviv Architecture Tour.