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