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1.
The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History
12 Klausner St.
Thursday, September 20th, 17:00    Thursday, September 20th, 18:30   Friday, September 21st, 9:00   Friday, September 21st, 10:30  
Architects:Kimmel Eshkolot Architects; Principal project architect: Limor Amrani
Guided tours of a building that has been open to the public since the summer of 2017, whose design is reminiscent of a treasure chest. Located next to the Tel Aviv University campus, the museum is home to Israel`s national nature collections, various exhibits and research activity. During the tours, the architect, Limor Amrani, will talk about the design image that guided the planning team: a large treasure chest containing collections, which is covered with manufactured and thermally insulated wood that protects the collections which require stringent climate control. Visitors will also be shown how the building blends in with its surroundings, creating a new entrance plaza to the Botanical Gardens as well.
Reservations are required for all 4 tours; each is limited to 25 participants.
 
 
2.
The Urbanism of Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center
Meeting place: 6 Weizmann St., next to the north gate
Friday, September 21st, 10:00  
Architects: the late Arieh Sharon, the late Eldar Sharon, and Arad Sharon (1958-2009)
A tour with the architect, Arad Sharon, at the medical center built by his grandfather, the architect Arieh Sharon. It was later enlarged by his father, Eldar Sharon, and continues to evolve today according to the designs he has made. The tour will review the urban development of the medical center since 1958 and talk about future plans, such as the Heart Center.
Reservations are required; the tour is limited to 50 participants.
 
 
3.
The British Ambassador`s Residence
2 Simtat HaMa`alot, Ramat Gan
Friday, September 21st, 10:00-13:00  
Design: the engineer Pesah Zekled, the 1930`s
A rare opportunity to tour the villa which has served as the British ambassador`s residence since Israel`s establishment. The design of the villa, which was originally built as a private home and was later converted into a small hotel, is an example of reserved Europe elegance. Numerous works of art decorate the walls, most of which were created by British artists and some of which have a connection with Israel. The tours will include a look at various rooms in the house, including the stately dining room, parlor, huge kitchen (where meals for dignitaries are prepared), the spacious yard, and the pool.
Entry is contingent on presenting an ID and a security check. No weapons are allowed. Parking is not available on Simtat HaMa`alot.
Open house. Reservations not required.
An article about the house (in Hebrew) appears on Xnet.
 
 
4.
Polishuk House (The Poli House)
Magen David Square, 1 Nahlat Binyamin St. and the corner of 62 Allenby St.
Thursday, September 20th, 17:30 and 18:30    Friday, September 21st, 12:00, 13:00 and 14:00    Saturday, September 22nd, 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00  
Architects: Shlomo Liaskovsky and Yaakov Orenstein, 1934; Architecture and restoration: Nitza Szmuk Architects; Interior design: Karim Rashid, 2016
Tours of this new boutique hotel that was designed by the internationally renowned designer, Karim Rashid, and features suites on the rounded façade and a swimming pool on the roof. The building, which in the last decade underwent a lengthy process of redesign, preservation and restoration, was originally constructed as an office building. It is considered one of the best examples of Bauhaus architecture in Tel Aviv, inspired by corner buildings designed by the architect Erich Mendelsohn in Israel and Germany. The tours will also explain the concept of experiential luxury hotels that seeks to offer guests a happy, creative and unconventional experience.
8 tours for the first 30 people in line. Reservations not required.
 
 
5.
An Apartment in the Flea Market
15 Yehuda Meraguza St., Apt. 18, Jaffa
Thursday, September 20th, 15:00- 19:00 Saturday, September 22nd, 11:00-15:00  
architect: Limor Yossifon-Goldman, Limonarc Studio, 2016
A visit at this eclectic apartment which is home to the architect and curator, Limor Yossifon-Goldman, and her partner. It is located in an apartment building that was planned around a green inner courtyard. Maximum utilization of the space was a priority in the apartment`s contemporary design, which features extensive use of wood that was processed in different ways as building material and for artistic purposes. The apartment contains artifacts that were collected by the couple during their travels around the world, whereas some of the furniture and other items they designed themselves.
Open house. Reservations not required.
 
 
6.
The Capsule Building
The Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University, George Wise St.
Thursday, September 20th, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00  
Architects: Professor Yasha (Jacob) Grobman, Axelrod-Grobman Architects; Dr. Yossi Cory, Geotectura; Nir and Nili Chen, Chen Architects; Landscape architecture: Braudo-Maoz Landscape Architecture, 2014
Tours of this distinctive building, which constitutes an environmental milestone in Israeli public architecture and is visible to anyone driving on the Ayalon Highway. It was the first ecological building in the country to receive the highest American Green Building Certification – LEED Platinum – as well as the Diamond Rating of the new Israeli Green Building Standard – 5281.
The hour-long tours will be led by Green Step guides, who will talk about the environmental vision that guided the builders, the state-of-the-art energy and water conservation technologies that are incorporated in the building, and the research and public awareness activities that are held there.
Open tours for the first 30 people in line. Reservations not required.
 
 
7.
The Kol Yehuda Synagogue
5 Lilienblum St., Neve Tzedek
Thursday, September 20th, 10:00-18:00.   Guided tours at 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00    Friday, September 21st, 9:00-14:00. Guided tours at 9:00, 11:00 and 13:00.  
Architect: Yehuda Magidovich, 1938
A visit at this synagogue, which was designed by Magidovich for the Aden Jewish community (a former British Crown Colony in South Yemen). The facade of this unassuming building does not reveal the impressive and monumental space that one finds inside. The interior design exemplifies Magidovich`s virtuosic architectural abilities, which are articulated in the elegant and rhythmic space he created using a series of exposed and imposing beams, while at the same time incorporating some eclectic motifs, such as interior arches.
The ground floor of the building now houses the Aden Community Heritage House, which features a permanent exhibit of original photographs, artifacts, books, clothing and rare documents that tell the story of the Jewish community in Aden.
The tours will be led by the historian and member of the community, Danny Goldschmidt, whose great-great grandfather purchased the lot in the 1920`s in order to build the synagogue. Goldschmidt will recount the history of the synagogue and the building it is located in, as well as the annals of the Aden Jewish community.
Open house and open tours. Reservations not required.
 
 
8.
In the Footsteps of the Menahem Moshe Family
Meeting place: Aden Community Heritage House, 5 Lilienblum St.
Friday, September 21st, 14:00  
A tour led by the historian and real estate developer, Danny Goldschmidt, who will recount the annals of the Aden Jewish community (South Yemen) and that of his own family, the Menahem Moshe family, who came from there. He will tell their story through the 25 homes built by the family in Tel Aviv – all of which date back to the 1930`s and have been designated as historical landmarks. The tour will leave from the Aden Community Heritage House on Lilienblum Street and continue from there to Nahlat Binyamin, Rothschild, Allenby, Montefiore, Gruzenberg and Rambam, the streets on which the houses are located. The three-hour tour, which includes about an hour of walking, will end at the Cinema Hotel (the former Esther Cinema) on Zina Dizengoff Square.
Reservations are required; the tour is limited to 40 participants.
 
 
9.
Cinema Hotel
1 Zamenhoff St., Dizengoff Square
Saturday, September 22nd, 11:00   Saturday, September 22nd, 12:30   Saturday, September 22nd, 14:00  
Architect: Yehuda Magidovich, 1939; Renovation architect: Aryeh Debilanski, 2001
A visit at a Bauhaus building that underwent restoration and land use reclassification, resulting in the conversion of the legendary Esther Cinema into a boutique hotel (the first in Israel). Using original posters and promotional materials printed in the middle of the 20th century, the hotel preserves the story of the former movie theater, which was located in the building for some 50 years. It also recounts the story of its founders, the Netanel family, who came to Israel from the British Crown Colony of Aden.
Led by the historian and hotel developer Danny Goldschmidt, who is Esther`s grandson (whom the former movie theater was named after), the tour will start in front of the hotel and talk about the architecture on Zina Dizengoff Square. Continuing from there to the hotel lobby, Goldschmidt will point out the original spaces that were preserved as well as the collection of projectors, cameras and posters that are on permanent display. Visitors will also be able to have a look at some of the rooms in the hotel, which was recently renovated, and go up to the balcony that overlooks Zina Dizengoff Square.
Reservations are required for all 3 tours; each is limited to 40 participants.
 
 
10.
Traffic Control Center
68 Ben-Gurion Blvd. (the entrance is from 5 Pilon St.)
Friday, September 21st, 9:00   Friday, September 21st, 9:45   Friday, September 21st, 10:30   Friday, September 21st, 11:15   Friday, September 21st, 12:00  
The Traffic Control Center, located on the roof of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality`s Engineering Administration, is where all of the city`s traffic is regulated. During the visit, the Center`s traffic engineers and control center operators will explain how they manage to solve different transportation problems that stem from impaired infrastructure, various malfunctions, traffic-related incidents, and even the temperament of the Israeli driver. The Center is operated using standard hardware components as well as sophisticated software and communication systems (developed by the team members themselves), coupled with an impressive share of intelligence, ingenuity, and insight.
Reservations are required for all 5 tours; each is limited to 22 participants
 
 
11.
Krieger House – The Rothschild 71
71 Rothschild Blvd.
Thursday, September 20th, 12:30   Thursday, September 20th, 13:00   Thursday, September 20th, 13:30   Thursday, September 20th, 14:00  
Architect: Zeev Rechter, 1934; Added wing and restoration architects: Michal and Hezi Berkowitz, 1999
Guided tours of a restored International Style building known as Krieger House, which was designated as a historical landmark. Since its construction, the building has been occupied by family members of its original owners, the physicians Dr. Moshe and Dr. Fanny (Tchlenoff) Krieger, and is now a boutique hotel. The tours will start in the ground floor lounge where the history of the building will be recounted, including its refurbishment in 2012. After that, visitors will be shown some of the apartments that were remodeled in 2012, designed in a contemporary style that preserved some of the Bauhaus elements. The tours will also include the building`s stairwell, whose original design remains intact. The Kriegers` grandchildren will accompany some of the tours.
Reservations are required for all 4 tours; each is limited to 25 participants.
 
 
12.
The Grand Tour
the entrance to the Government Complex on the corner of 125 Begin Road
Saturday, September 22nd, 16:30  
What makes a city a city? What produces street life? Led by Dr. Yoav Lerman who is an urban consultant and planner, the tour will observe the city from a pedestrian perspective and try and assess the pedestrian user experience in Tel Aviv. The tour will stop at places where the city offers pedestrians a large degree of freedom, and at other places where they are relegated to the bottom of the user hierarchy. The two-and-a-half tour will end at HaTarbut Square.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
 
 
13.
Lily & Bloom Hotel
48 Lilienblum St.
Thursday, September 20th, 12:00   Thursday, September 20th, 13:00   Thursday, September 20th, 14:00   Friday, September 21st, 12:30   Friday, September 21st, 13:30    Saturday, September 22nd, 12:30   Saturday, September 22nd, 13:30  
Architect: Alexander Friedman, 1935; Restoration architect: Arcod Architects Ltd.; Interior design: Studio MU, 2015
Tours of this hotel which is situated in a building that used to house a bank branch. As part of its conversion into a hotel, the main section of the bank was turned into a lobby that includes a large bar and patio. The new interior design preserved the original Bauhaus elements. The tours will include a brief explanation about the history of the building and the process of its conversion into a hotel. Visitors will also be shown the rooftop balcony, the original and preserved stairwell and one of the guest rooms.
Reservations are required for all 7 tours; each is limited to 15 participants.
 
 
14.
From the Ta`eyan Well to the Bost Estate
Meeting place: next to the well at the bottom of Rabbi Pinkhas St.
Friday, September 21st, 10:00  
This tour traces the story behind an estate built by a Lebanese merchant, which later became the estate of a French family for over 100 years. Today, the Jaffa Quarter complex is situated on the original lot.
Led by Shmuel Giller, an architect and Jaffa historian, the two-hour tour will also include the hidden Anglican cemetery where prominent figures in Jaffa`s history are buried.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
 
 
15.
Cuchinta
104 Har Zion Blvd., Kiryat HaMelacha
Thursday, September 20th, 10:00-18:00 Friday, September 21st, 10:00-16:00   Saturday, September 22nd, 10:00-18:00  
A chance to hear about a collective started by African women refugees in an industrial space designed by the architect Yitzhak Rappaport in the 1960`s. It was originally housed a number of light industries and is now occupied mostly by artists and designers. During the visit, which will include an Eritrean coffee ceremony, knitting circle and discussion, the women will talk about the collective and how it enables them to make a living from knitting baskets and teaching crochet. The venue also serves as a community center for them and their children as well as a source of support. The sessions will begin every hour on the hour; on Thursday, the last one will be at 17:00 and on Friday at 15:00.
Open sessions based on availability. Reservations not required.
 
 
16.
The Righteousness Plot
Meeting place: the main entrance to the Kiryat Shaul Cemetery, Kiryat Shaul St.
Friday, September 21st, 10:00 and 12:00  
At the end of the 1990`s, the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel Meir Lau, and the former mayor of the city, the late Shlomo Lahat, took a brave step and established a special section at the Kiryat Shaul cemetery for the Righteous Among the Nations (non-Jews who saved Jews during the Holocaust). These tours with Yael Rosen, who was personally acquainted with many of the people now buried there, are an opportunity to hear about this unusual community of Righteous Among the Nations, who came to Israel after World War II, and become familiar with their stories. The 45-minute tours include a 10-minute walk to the gravesites.
2 open tours. Reservations not required.
 
 
17.
The Azrieli Center
Meeting place: the entrance to the Round Tower lobby
Friday, September 21st, 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00  
Architects: David Azrieli; Eli Attia; Yasky-Sivan Architects, 2008
Would you like to see Tel Aviv from an altitude of 187 meters? The management of Azrieli Towers will be hosting three tours of the Azrieli Center – one of Tel Aviv`s best-known landmarks. Led by Yoav Gazit, the CEO of Azrieli Towers, the tours will pass through sections of the tallest of the three towers and end with a view of the city from the helicopter landing pad located on the roof.
3 open tours for the first 50 people in line. Reservations not required.
 
 
18.
Ben-Gurion House
17 Ben-Gurion Blvd.
Thursday, September 20th, 9:00-15:00 Friday, September 21st, 9:00-13:00    Saturday, September 22nd, 10:00-14:00  
Architect: the engineer David Tuvia, 1930-1931
An open house at the private residence of David and Paula Ben-Gurion, which offers a glimpse of the couple`s modest lifestyle and impressive library. Visitors can tour the house on their own or join a guided tour that will be held every hour on the hour for the first 50 people in line.
Open house. Reservations not required.
 
 
19.
Joseph Bau House
9 Berdichevsky St.
Friday, September 21st, 11:00-14:00; Saturday, September 22nd, 11:00-14:00.   Guided tours for the first 20 people in line will start every hour on the hour.  
 A visit at the modest studio where the illustrator, Joseph Bau, worked from the 1950`s until his death in 2002. The original state of the studio has been preserved by his daughters. It contains his workspace, the animation machine he invented and assembled on his own, a tiny movie screen including two types of projectors that he built, a dark room, a display of posters he designed for Israeli films in the 1960`s and 1970`s, an exhibit of Hebrew humor, and more. During the tours, Bau`s daughters will talk about their father, the animation pioneer, who also worked as a forger for the Mossad. In his earlier years, in World War II, Bau falsified documents that saved hundreds of Jews.
Open studio. Reservations not required.
 
 
20.
The Ecological Blueprint of Rothschild Boulevard
Meeting place: the monument commemorating the founders of Ahuzat Bayit
Friday, September 21st, 17:00  
Valentina Nelin, a sustainable building consultant, leads this 90-minute tour. It will examine the built environment through an ecological lens and present the most famous boulevard in the country as a model for how to address ventilation, light and shade-related problems.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
 
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