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TEL AVIV "LEV HA IR" - THE CITY HEART

Built on the sand dunes away from the Mediterranean Sea, Tel Aviv is called today both a "Garden" and "White" City. Tel Aviv was developed by the enormous efforts of the Scottish City Planner Patrick Geddes who drew up a master plan for the new city in the late1920-ies. Geddes' revolutionary idea was to create a homogeneous urban and rural evolving landscape, crossed by the big boulevards, and with small gardens surrounding each building. Geddes developed Tel Aviv as a real living organism, constantly changing in time and space.


Lev Ha Ir

But only this alone makes Tel Aviv a unique place. Tel Aviv is a synthetic representation of some of the most significant trends of Modern Movement in architecture, as it developed in Europe, and foremost a combination of the Bauhaus and International Architectural styles. The White City is also an outstanding example of these trends taking into account local cultural traditions and climatic conditions. The buildings of Tel Aviv were further enriched by local traditions - their design was adapted to the specific climatic conditions of the city, giving an outstanding character to the urban ensemble as a whole.



Lev Ha Ir Bauhaus

This is how the "White City" was created. White and light colors reflected the heat. Typical for the Bauhaus style in Europe large windows were made much smaller, limiting the heat and glare of the Middle East. Long, narrow balconies, each shaded by the balcony above it, allowed residents to catch the breeze blowing in from the sea to the West. Pitched roofs were replaced with flat ones, providing a common area where residents could socialize in the cool of the evening. Many buildings were raised on pillars which allow the wind to blow under and cool the apartments, as well as providing a play area for children.


Public Garden at the Lev Ha Ir