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Tel Aviv is known all over the world for its magnificent architecture. From the very founding of the city up until the present day, architects have been creating unique and fascinating buildings. Culture Trip presents 13 must-see buildings in Tel Aviv.
Even before the Crazy House was constructed close to the Tel Aviv shoreline in 1985, it had been a point of contention; architect Leon Gaignebet had attempted to get a building permit for over seven years. The Crazy House is designed with two completely different sides, representing two ideas — two pieces of art. White, wave-shaped balconies cover the façade, which faces the sea, while the opposite side is made of sand, and trees grow right out of the wall. A painted fresco runs through the length of the building. Inside there are the massive pillars, each representing a different civilization.
The Marganit Tower, located in the Hakirya district of Tel Aviv, was constructed in 1987. Only 138 meters high, it remained the tallest building in the area for more than ten years. Nowadays the tower takes 19th place on the list of Israel’s tallest structures. Although there are only 17 floors above the ground, most of the structure’s height is obtained by its ‘finger,’ which is occupied by transmission equipment. The tower was designed by ASSA Architects.
The building №1 on Allenby Street is the Opera Tower. It was constructed by Moore Yasky Sivan Architects in 1993. This postmodern building of granite and ceramics replaced the original Tel Aviv Opera House. Inside the building, there is a fitness center, a mall, and a cinema theater, while the upper floors have luxurious apartments. A private swimming pool is situated on top of the tower’s platform. The design of the ground floor is an homage to the original Opera House building. The Israeli Opera is now located at Shaul Hamelech St 19, Tel Aviv.
By Maria Shchelkunova
Maria is originally from Saint Petersburg, Russia. She came to Tel Aviv in 2009 for the first time and fell in love with the city at first glance. After four years, Maria moved to Israel as an engineer student at Tel Aviv University and has no plans to leave Israel.