For 10 years, Open House Tel Aviv has been giving the public unprecedented access to some of the most remarkable architectural highlights of Tel Aviv.

This year’s festival, May 26-28, offers 151 tours including designer lofts, urban villas, unique synagogues, architecturally significant public buildings, curious construction sites, plazas and gardens.

Some of the new tours this year celebrate Tel Aviv’s 14-kilometer (nearly nine-mile) beach strip and its influence on the city’s unique architecture.

Among the beachfronthouses, projects, municipal buildings and private offices showcased free of chargewill be:

Herbert Samuel 48, an old nine-floor building transformed into a four-floor designed townhouse with glass walls providing a view of the Mediterranean Sea from almost each angle of the four apartments.

Each apartment in Herbert Samuel 48 has a sea view. Photo by Amit Giron
Each apartment in Herbert Samuel 48 has a sea view. Photo by Amit Giron

The Royal Beach Hotel penthouse,which affords abreathtaking viewin a suite boasting a mix of modernist, art-deco and classic décor by interior designer Shlomo Frenkel.

The Royal Beach Penthouse. Photo by Barak Brinker
The Royal Beach Penthouse. Photo by Barak Brinker

 The 19th century Anglo-Palestine Bank Building (forerunner of Bank Leumi) in Jaffa, recently renovated and preserved as a residence melding the old and new.

 Inside an apartment in the renovated Anglo-Palestine Bank Building in Jaffa. Photo by Yossi Salis
Inside an apartment in the renovated Anglo-Palestine Bank Building in Jaffa. Photo by Yossi Salis

The Ecological Rooftop Apartment in hip Levinsky Market, transformed by its owners into an urban farm and ecological and artistic living space.

The Meier-on-Rothschild luxury residence, a 42-storytower on Rothschild Boulevard designed by prize-winning architect Richard Meier.

The Meier-on-Rothschild tower. Photo by Amit Gosher
The Meier-on-Rothschild tower. Photo by Amit Gosher

Open House Tel Aviv (Houses from Within), now in its 10th year, is part of the Open House World Wide Organization, which invites residents to get to know the most interesting houses and buildings that compose the landscape of their city.

Some of the 151 events are open, while others require advance registration. See the Open House Tel Aviv website for details.