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What Is Bauhaus

Bauhaus school in Dessau
The Bauhaus school building

The Bauhaus was a school which operated in Germany between 1919 and 1933 and was devoted to art, architecture and design. It had remarkable influences on all these disciplines. Although throughout it’s years it carried varied approaches, some ideas were maintained. One main principle is the reunion of the arts and the crafts in order to achieve total works of art. According to this principle, all arts, as well as new technologies, should be combined in the art of building.

A significant approach in the school was the search for the basic ingredients of art and design. Thus evolved the “Bauhaus Style” in architecture and design—in which primary forms and colors are given great importance.

The Bauhaus had a great impact on the Modern Movement in architecture, embracing functionalism and rationality and condemning ornament. The architectural style of the modern movement is called “The International Style” or “Bauhaus Style”. This style is characterized by asymmetry, compositions of primary volumes—cubic and rounded, ribbon windows, pilots, thermometer windows, balconies, roof terraces and plays of shadow and light.

Bauhaus in Israel

Reading station
Modern white building rises from the sand in Tel Aviv

Four Israeli architects studied in the Bauhaus school: Arieh Sharon, Shmuel Mestechkin, Munio Gitai-Weinraub and Shlomo Bernstein. However, the influence of the Bauhaus on the architecture built in Israel in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s was by far wider than being expressed by those architects only. The legacy of the Bauhaus was absorbed by other architects, studying in Brussels, Ghent and Italy, such as: Dov Carmi, Genia Averbuch, Ben-Ami Shulman, Ze’ev Rechter and Joseph Neufeld. And of course—all of those prominent figures presented the new ideas to just everyone who was around.

In Tel Aviv only, more than 4,000 “Bauhaus Style” buildings were built. Thousands more were built in Haifa, Jerusalem, the Kibbutzim and elsewhere in Israel. The main question is, therfore—how, in an era when this new style was still unpopular, did it reach such magnitude in the built work in Israel? The main answer is that the social-cultural ideology behind the “Bauhaus Style” fit like a glove to the socialist-Zionist movement and to the striving of this movement to create a new world. White houses, in every sense—form, style, material, functionality, color—grew from the sands without a past, towards a future.

About the center

Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv was established in 2000 by Dr. Asher Ben-Shmuel, Shlomit Gross and Dr. Micha Gross. Its goal is to expand public recognition of the “White City” as a unique architectural and cultural site. To achieve this, the center holds a gallery with a permanent collection and changing exhibitions, conducts tours of the city and is a publishing dedicated to the subject. The center cooperates with the Israeli Committee for UNESCO and the municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo as well as with various institutions, museums and galleries.


The best way to understand the virtues of Tel Aviv’s unparalleled architecture and urban landscape is through a concise guided tour. The center, together with the Israeli National Committee for UNESCO, offers the most professional tours, given by expert guides. Over 15,000 people have taken our tours over the last 10 years! Our tours are offered at various times and numerous languages and are continuously fully booked. If you want to stay spontaneous or can’t make it for one of our guided tours, we provide audio guides in various languages and accompanied by videos and maps. Learn more...

Every Friday at 10:00 starting at the center


Our center includes a gallery hosting changing exhibitions about Bauhaus architecture and design, the city of Tel Aviv and contemporary art, design and architecture. Learn more...

Current Exhibition

Preservation and Renewal: Bauhaus and International Style Buildings in Tel Aviv

Curated and edited by Micha Gross

Designed by Yaron Levi

A follow-up to Shmuel Yavin's 2003 exhibition and book "Revival of the Bauhaus in Tel Aviv", this up-to-date exhibition accompanied by a new book presents color images of renovated buildings in the White City alongside historic photographs and architectural plans.Learn more...

Opening June 2015


The center’s shop includes a bookstore and a designers boutique. The bookstore focuses on Bauhaus history and legacy, the city of Tel Aviv, design and architecture. The boutique offers original Bauhaus items as well as contemporary Israeli design. If you are not visiting Tel Aviv in the near future, some of the items are offered in our online store.

Special Discount for Docomomo International Members!


Docomomo International is a non-profit organization dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement.

Its aims are to:

  • Bring the significance of the architecture of the Modern Movement to the attention of the public, authorities, professionals and the educational community.
  • Identify and promote the surveying of the works of the Modern Movement.
  • Promote the conservation and (re)use of buildings and sites of the Modern Movement.
  • It is with these goals in mind that the Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv agreed to cooperate with Docomomo International.

    We believe our friends can well be interested in getting to know Docomomo and eventually become members; respectively, we believe Docomomo members will be interested in our activities. Therefore, we offer current and future Docomomo members a special discount of 20% on all Bauhaus Center publications. Registering as Docomomo members can be done here: http://www.docomomo.com/membership

    In order to get the discount: please send us a scan of your Docomomo member card via email (info@bauhaus-center.com), and we will send you a discount code, which will allow you to enjoy of a 20% reduction on all of our publications. After choosing one or more of the aforementioned books from our online store, you will be asked to insert the code, which will generate your discount. The discount will be granted to you through the whole period of your Docomomo membership. The discount is of course also valid in our physical shop in Dizengoff 99, Tel Aviv.

    Publishing House

    Our center in also a publishing house in its areas of expertise: Bauhaus, Tel Aviv, architecture and design. Please take a look at the books published by us in our online store. If you are an author in these fields or a book distributor, please email us and we shall respond shortly.

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