Tel Aviv has a lot to offer visitors, including the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus buildings. But for design lovers who are unable to travel to Israel, artist Avner Gicelter has just the thing – a wonderful series of colorful graphics that illustrate each historical gem.
Inspired by José Guízar and his website ‘Windows of New York’, Gicelter says on his website TLV Buildings “I want to share my love for Tel Aviv and its unique and stunning architectural styles.”
Every week the artist uploads a new, very detailed graphic modeled after a specific home or building, accompanied by an address in both English and Hebrew.
To date, the artist has illustrated 23 out of more than the 4,000 Bauhaus structures that give Tel Aviv its nickname the “White City.”
They were constructed from the 1930s on by German Jewish architects who fled Germany after the Nazis took power. They have since been remarkably well preserved. So well that the entire city was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.
In 2012, Conde Nast Traveler named Tel Aviv the “World’s Best Cities for Architecture Lovers” and the Bauhaus Center offers regular tours for those who do manage a visit. And it seems the Israeli Tourism Ministry is hoping the site will draw new visitors.
“The recent graphic illustrations provide a lively glimpse into Tel Aviv’s diverse collection of unique buildings,” said Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner of Tourism, North and South America, “and we hope to welcome a new wave of design-focused travelers in Tel Aviv this year.”