For those of you who don't know, I have just spent the last week in Tel Aviv. I know it well, have been going there since I was born, and even lived there for a year but it is only more recently that I have started noticing its beautiful architecture. Granted, there are many ugly buildings but amongst the monstrosities are many gems that I thought I'd share with you.
Palm House, Nachalat Binyamin
Palm House, designed in 'Art Nouveau' style by architect Y.Z Tabachnik in 1922, boasts beautiful balconies and staircases right in the heart of Nachalat Binyamin. As one of my favorite places in Tel Aviv (although I may be biased; as this is the street where my grandparents married), it is definitely worth checking out whilst strolling along the arts and crafts market.
Pagoda House, King Albert Square, Montefiore.
Built by architect Alexander Levy in the architectural boom of the 1920s, in an "Eclectic Style', the building on the corner of Nachmani street and Montefiore is a treat to look at. Once a decrepit disaster zone, it has now been restored combining Oriental and Western style elements. Walk past on your way for a drink at the Montefiore hotel.
Bialik House, Bialik Street
Home to Israel's most celebrated poet Haim Nachman Bialik, the elaborately and colourfuly decorated house became open to the public after his death. Built in 1927 and restored in 2008, the architect was influenced by Islamic styles which is reflected by its impressive decor. Visitors can view Bialik's work and works given to Bialik by Israel's finest artist. A great activity for the culturally hungry.