Tel Aviv is Celebrating 100 years of Bauhaus with the Grand Opening of the City's Official White City Center

September 19-21, 2019

The Liebling Haus- White City Center, co-founded by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, the Tel Aviv Foundation and the German government in an effort to advance the recognition of the outstanding architectural landscape of Tel Aviv; with its collection of over 4,000 buildings built in the International Style, also known popularly as "Bauhaus" style, which led UNESCO to declare the White City area in Tel Aviv as a World Heritage Site in 2003. Joining several leading cultural institutions in the city, the Center is a valuable source of information for both residents and visitors about the heritage of the White City.

The opening events of the Center will take place over the weekend of September 19-21 (full program below), marking the international celebrations of the Bauhaus centennial in collaboration with "Open House Tel Aviv", an annual architecture event.

The White City Center offers exhibition spaces, workspaces, a research lab and a café and will host events, tours, and workshops open to the public. The Center will promote Israeli-German collaborations through innovative strategies, technologies and products that contribute to sustainable conservation. In addition, the Center will conduct applied research and promote academic and institutional collaborations. The White City Center operates at the Liebling Haus (29 Idelson St.), built for Tony and Max Liebling in 1936, and designed by architect Dov Karmi with distinct features of the International style.

Alongside the eventful opening weekend of the White City Center, "Open House Tel Aviv" an annual architecture event, will showcase hundreds of interesting homes, unique private and public buildings, with a focus on some of the best-preserved buildings of the International style. Dozens of architectural tours in various languages will also be offered throughout the city - all free-of-charge and open to the public at large.


About The White City Center – Liebling Haus

At the end of 2015, the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Barbara Hendricks, and the Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo Ron Huldai signed a joint agreement in Berlin, allocating €3 million funding to the Center by 2025. The long-term backing enables the launch of several major projects, representing a commitment to the conservation and sustainable development of the White City. The agreement was signed as part of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel, marking the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community’s (BMI) active support of the conservation of cultural heritage, both conceptually and financially.

The collaboration highlights the historical significance and shared building culture of the White City for both countries. The project focuses on developing appropriate methods to protect the unique collection of buildings and expand the dialogue on urbanism and conservation. This is made possible by cooperating with the Architecture and Monument Protection Center, and considering the interests of residents, property owners, the urban population, visitors, architects, craftspeople, and scientists. The goal is to share technology and knowledge through a collaborative dialogue.

Renovation of the building began in the winter of 2017, turning the Liebling Haus into a living model of a construction site, demonstrating renovation, documentation, and active conservation of an International style building. During the project, dubbed "Open for Renovation", the building hosted meetings, lectures, and professional workshops, inviting the public to experience the conservation process.



Opening Events Program:
Sept 19-21, 2019
Additional info:

  • The Opening Party
    Bialik Square along Idelson Street to the Liebling Haus
    Thursday, September 19, 20:00-23:00
    Free admission


In the spirit of the iconic Bauhaus School, the Liebling Haus celebrates the opening of the White City Center in a huge street party along Idelson Street - from Bialik Square up to the Liebling Haus rooftop, featuring "Bauhaus Form Gymnastic": a workshop and photography performance of paper costumes inspired by the avant-garde events of the Bauhaus - a tribute to Oskar Schlemmer (German artist and choreographer of the Bauhaus). The dress code: two-thirds white, one-third black or colorful.


  • Transferumbau: Liebling
    White City Center, 29 Idelson St. Second floor
    Thursday 19.9, 20:00 | Friday 20.9, 9:00-14:00 | Saturday, 21.9, 10:00-20:00

The opening exhibition of Liebling Haus focuses on the Transfer Agreements a controversial episode in the history of Zionism. These political agreements established economic relations between the Nazi regime in Germany and the Zionist movement, allowing tens of thousands of German Jews to immigrate to Palestine in the 1930s. The exhibition is a collaborative project by artists Ilit Azoulay, Jonathan Touitou, Lou Moriah, and Nir Shauloff.
Curator: Hila Cohen-Schneiderman


  • Exceptional: The White City - an Everyday Heritage
    White City Center, 29 Idelson St. Ground floor


The main exhibition of The Liebling Haus presents the story of the White City’s modernist urban fabric. The show examines the challenges of designing and living in an urban environment declared a Heritage Site, providing tools to understand architecture’s social, political, and cultural role, and promotes relevant discussion.

The exhibition is on display in the ground floor apartment of Liebling Haus. The first room includes the White City’s historical timeline, magazines from the 1930s and 1940s, and other materials. In the second room, we will focus on contemporary conservation. The third room (The Project Room) features changing exhibitions by various creatives and researchers exploring the question of "What is the White City?"
Curator: architect Sabrina Cegla

Curatorial consultant and experience designer: Hadas Zemer Ben-Ari
Curator of the Contemporary Conservation Space: Hadas Zemer Ben-Ari
Guest-curator at the Projects Room: Prof. Dr. Ines Weizman

  • The Question: The Projects Room
    White City Center, 29 Idelson St. Ground floor

Gallery talk on Saturday 21.9 at 10:00
Thursday 19.9, 20:00 | Friday 20.9, 9:00-14:00 (guided tour at 13:00) | Saturday 21.9, 10:00-20:00

At the Project Room of the main exhibition, curator Sabrina Cegla invites researchers and creatives to comment on the question of what does the White City mean to them.

The first exhibition to be on display at the Project Room is a video installation and digital archive by architect and historian Prof. Dr. Ines Weizman of the Centre for Documentary Architecture at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. The project, titled examines the Liebling Haus as a research resource, which provides an opportunity to study the relationship between modernism in Tel Aviv and the Bauhaus school in Germany. The exhibition will also be on display at the Bauhaus University in Weimar.


  • Dialogues as Form
    Bialik Square
    Friday 20.9, 11:00-13:00
    Free admission, registration on-site.

Come and meet professionals in architecture, conservation, and urban gardening for 10-minute conversations taking place under a canopy of weightless airbags designed by Raumlabor-Berlin collective. The sessions will be held at the space created by the group at Bialik Square, which they have turned into a meeting place for discussions about life in the city, where neighbors, festival-goers, and experts meet to talk about climate, trust, style, ownership, and the Bauhaus heritage in Tel Aviv.


  • Form as Dialogue
    Bialik Square
    Thursday 19.9, 18:00-20:00
    Free admission based on availability. No pre-registration required.

A public workshop at Bialik Square, where visitors are invited to participate in designing and building chairs. Members of the Raumlabor-Berlin collective will host the workshop, allowing visitors to learn the architectural language and experiment with creativity, design, and planning.


  • Model Building
    Meeting point: Entrance to the Liebling Haus, 29 Idelson St.
    Thursday 19.9, 20:00 | Friday 20.9, 9:00-14:00 | Saturday 21.9, 10:00-20:00

Get to know Liebling Haus with the Model Building audio guide, which will carry you on a journey in time and space. The tour references dozens of architectural elements found in the building - a prominent example of international style architecture in Tel Aviv - and features informative recordings of professionals, along with personal stories of residents and families who lived at the house, offering a cultural, social, economic and political context to life in the White City.

At the end of the tour, visitors can choose another guided route and walk around the city. The tours are available for download as part of the Liebling Haus Audio app (
Audio guides are available at the ground level.

Curator: architect Liya Kohavi
Research & assistance: architect Ayelet Rappaport
Sound Editor: Yochay Meital
Producer: Naomi Schneider


  • Revealing the City Map on the Liebling Haus Rooftop
    White City Center, 29 Idelson St.
    Thursday 19.9, 20:00 | Friday 20.9, 9:00-14:00 | Saturday 21.9, 10:00-20:00

Visit the rooftop of Liebling Haus - The White City Center and step inside a large-scale map of the city, while looking at the Tel Aviv-Yafo skyline from above.


  • The School of the City

The School of the City views the urban environment as a space for action and learning. The educational program at Liebling Haus, in schools, and around the city offers a place for experimentation and activity for all ages. The School of the City is inspired by the Bauhaus, integrating knowledge and practice from various fields - architecture, design, and art. During the opening events, the School of the City will host various activities at Liebling Haus and across town.

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  • Launching the Liebling Haus Urban Research Lab
    Saturday 21.9, 17:00
    Free admission based on availability.

The Urban Research Lab of Liebling Haus - The White City Center explores the urban sphere in its broadest sense, promoting studies of urbanism, history, and culture focused on modern architecture and its influences. At the opening event, architect Dr. Jeremie Hoffmann, Director of the Conservation Department of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, will present ten groundbreaking studies conducted in collaboration with the Lab. Dr. Hoffmann's lecture, "Open Cities",asks whether contemporary technologies alter the way we read the city, and how can we protect our bodies in the city; are there any eclectic buildings in Tel Aviv; do we have scientific evidence of Patrick Geddes’ genius; were all city planners in Tel Aviv and more.

The opening events of the Liebling Haus are part of the Triennale der Moderne architecture festival.

media contact
Margaux Stelman
Head of International Press

Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality