June 2014

Bauhaus is the name of the an high school for art and architecture that was found by Walter Gropius in Weimar, Germany and was active between 1919 and 1939 in Berlin and Dessau as well. It became one of the most influential currents in modern design.

Among the places where the Bauhaus was most successful were the Jewish towns in Palestine. It’s style and way of thinking suited well the spirit of the Yishuv, mostly socialistic and avant-garde, willing to create a new society.

Four Israeli architects studied at the Bauhaus, Arie Sharon is the best known of them.

The Bauhaus style was adapted to the local climate, with larger windows and large balconies, to enjoy the light wind from the sea in Tel Aviv and Haifa where this style was most popular.

In 2003 Tel Aviv’ “White City” architecture was designated by UNESCO as world heritage of the international style and in 2010 a Bauhaus Museum was open in Tel Aviv.