• LOCATION 15 | The Electrifying Story of Gan HaHashmal and Its Architecture

    7 HaHashmal Street

    7 HaHashmal Street on Tel Aviv audio tour The Electrifying Story of Gan HaHashmal and Its Architecture

    Stop here in front of the International Style building at 7 HaHashmal Street on your left.

    A decade after planning his first house in the neighborhood, which was the blue house that we've seen earlier on 10 HaHashmal Street, the architect Dov Thschudnovski built the house that we are now facing. Few meters apart, two buildings designed by the same architect who made the giant leap from the 1920’s Eclectic Style to the 1930’s International Style.

    Take a closer look at the rounded corner of the building – this is one of the unique characteristics of the International Style in Tel Aviv. Many Jews who arrived to the city in the 1930’s were refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. They came here on boats, and in a way, they built “boats on the land”. The International Style wished to be universal, international, border-crossing. And what is the man-made object that is the most international, the most symbolic of border crossing? The rounded balconies give the building the resemblance of a boat, fitting the ideological backdrop of the architectural style and the turbulent live events of the people who built them.

    Just to the right of the building is the Garden we visited earlier. When you're ready, cross the street and head back into the Garden once more.

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The Electrifying Story of Gan HaHashmal and Its Architecture