Sunday, December 20, 2009

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Israel Pics: Tel Aviv Architecture

Photos by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

Israeli architecture is GREAT! (From the outside.) They frequently try new and different things. Modern, traditional, mixes between the two. For those who enjoy cool looking buildings, Israel is a great place to be. Now, realistically the designs often result in some uncomfortable internal angles and weird space use problems - but hey, the buildings look great!

The Bank HaPoalim ("Worker's Bank") towers in Tel Aviv. 4 connected towers, off angle sides and complete complex.
Tel Aviv

A brief distance away is this interested rounded blue tower. Haven't been there, not sure who's in it.
Tel Aviv

The Clal Insurance building, offset stepping stone multi-part tower with weird decorative green bands.
Tel Aviv

Around the corner of the same building we find this really odd decorative...rings?
Tel Aviv

Traffic in Israel has become rather bad, and in Tel Aviv it's horrible. Switching to a motorcycle might be an alternative, but in Israel a motorcycle is classified as a luxury item and taxed at 200% - meaning a motorcycle is MORE EXPENSIVE THAN A CAR. However, "scooters" (European style) are not, and have become a primary mode of transportation for many a Tel Aviv office worker. Every building has huge clusters of scooters parked around the bottom... (this is a relatively small group)
Tel Aviv

So ends our tour today of downtown Tel Aviv.


Neshama said...

I don't know why, but I don't like TA's architecture. There is no warmth or 'jewishness' about it. Well, that's just how i look at it.

I like the older sections in Old Tel Aviv; now there's character.

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