A once-elegant public building on the corner of Herzl and Bialik streets, in the heart of the Hadar.
(photo credit: WENDY BLUMFIELD)
While Tel Aviv’s White City has been awarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site for its International Style architecture and the municipality has taken advantage of this by establishing a visitors’ center and tour of the cluster of Bauhaus buildings in its vicinity, the Bauhaus style of architecture actually thrived and prospered far more in Haifa.Speaking with world-renowned authority on Bauhaus in Haifa, Prof. Emeritus Gil Herbert, former dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and former director of the Technion’s Heritage Research Center, I learned a lot about the social history of the city through his story of the evolution of architecture during the first half of the 20th century. His book Bauhaus on the Carmel and the Crossroads of Empire, co-written with architect and Technion researcher Silvina Sosnovsky, takes one through the industrial and demographic development of Haifa, the third-largest city in Israel. The book was launched with an exhibition in Haifa, Tel Aviv, Italy, Japan and Chicago, and aroused much interest among architects worldwide.