houses from within 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Dozens of rarely seen corners of the city that never sleeps were open to the
public over the weekend as the “Houses from Within” festival ran in Tel
Held for the fifth year running, the event opened to the public 51
of the most architecturally unique private houses and public buildings in the
city over the course of the weekend.
The event was sponsored by “Maximum
Tel Aviv” and is part of a series of “Open House” festivals held in over 50
cities around the world.
Tel Avivians toured some of the city’s most
desirable and unique apartments, many of them belonging to famous architects and
The public buildings included the firehouse north of the
Redding power plant at the Tel Aviv port, home to the city’s firstever fire
truck “the Meira,” named after Tel Aviv’s first mayor Meir Dizengoff, and an
eight-story winding concrete staircase observation tower that overlooks Sde Dov
airport, the Tel Aviv port and the shoreline north to Herzliyah. Tour guides
said Saturday that the Meira still runs, though it is not called on to put out
Below the observation deck a few of the festival’s other
offerings were held, including an “accessibility experience” where visitors were
invited to try their hand at navigating a wheelchair and in general “try out”
being one of Israel’s 1.5 million disabled people, if just for a few
Further north, the event offered tours of the Redding promenade
next to the power plant, a recently opened pedestrian and bike path that gives
visitors a view of what was for decades a no man’s land between Tel Aviv and
In Ramat Aviv, the doors of the The Sarah Racine Root Research
Laboratory at Tel Aviv University’s Botanical Gardens were open to the public.