Beit Levin, also known as The Castle, was originally constructed for the Levin family, and later served as the Russian embassy. The building's roof features a special mechanism that allows it to open to the sky, apparently for use as a succah during the holiday of Succot. I used to work right across the street, and have spent many lunches on the bench overlooking the building.
Beit Asia (Asia House) is renowned for its post-modernist design, featuring a lush striped façade that undulates between wide and narrow, high and low curves. The building's sunken dark windows provide a striking contrast against the white curves, resulting in a distinctive black and white striped appearance. I frequently ride along the street where Beit Asia is located, its curves elegantly follow me along a nice stretch of the road.
The construction of the Azrieli Towers was completed in 1999, and they remain to this day one of the most iconic landmarks in Tel Aviv's skyline, owing to their unique geometric design. During good weather, the towers were even visible from my grade-school's yard in Elkana. I remember one classmate arguing that they were the twin towers in Manhattan, insisting he knew because he had been there.
Beit HaPagoda (Pagoda House) is an excellent example of the eclectic architectural style that is prevalent in Tel Aviv. Designed by Alexander Levi in the 1920s at the request of a Jewish American, the building's architect ultimately died in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. The building is now an iconic symbol of the city, captivating the attention of anyone who happens to walk by.
Hotel Ginosar, designed by architect Yehuda Magidowitz in 1921, is widely considered the first luxury hotel in Tel Aviv. The building's distinctive style blends elements of eastern and classical architecture, including a dome at the top that represents the east and arcs that represent the west. As a former student at Bezalel, I recall a particularly memorable experience when our interaction professor took us to Alef, a VC firm now located in the building, to practice our pitches for founder Michael Eisenberg.
Upon its completion in 1965, the building in question became not only the tallest in the Middle East, but also the tallest in Asia, rivaling some of Europe's tallest buildings in height. Having worked on the 13th floor of this impressive building, I was struck by its ongoing pride in its constructors' ambition; ambition so vast that a subway station was built beneath the tower block, which remains empty to this day.
Institute of CPAs
This beautiful example of Bauhaus architecture is shrouded in mystery, with little known about its origins. From its inception until present day, it has served as the home of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Israel. I always found myself drawn to this unique triangular piece of architecture on my way to the beach.