Tour Locations | The White City

  • LOCATION 10 | The White City

    Workers' housing

    Workers' housing on Tel Aviv audio tour The White City

    Stop at the intersection and look diagonally across the road at the large but fairly non-descript beige coloured building.

    The White City of Tel Aviv was constructed at a time that many new immigrants came to the land of Israel. Some of them fled Europe just in time to escape World War II. The 1930s influx of people was an opportunity to experiment with new forms of housing.

    The Workers’ Housing projects, or Meonot HaOvdim in Hebrew, were inspired by the Kibbutz - a form of socialist utopia that thrived in the rural parts of the Land of Israel at the time. They were built by the national labour union, the Histadrut, for its members who were struggling to find affordable housing.

    Several of these urban experiments were built in Tel Aviv. Architect Arye Sharon - a Bauhaus School graduate - was involved in the design of all of them. No wonder they were all built in the International Style, later to become White City landmarks.

    In 1948, the Hagana, the paramilitary organization in charge of defending the Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel, used this building as its main headquarters. The civilian leadership wasn’t that far away. Let’s go and see where the Jewish leaders debated how to establish a Jewish state.

    Wait for a green signal and then cross the road. Keep walking straight ahead on Dov Hoz Street.

    As you walk look to your right and to your left and check out the long facades of the Workers' Housing project. Squeezing in as many apartments as possible made them more affordable.

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