Featured Project: Updating The Bauhaus Villa by Architekturbüro Sven Röttger
February 4, 2013
Project: B-House Tel Aviv
Architect: Architekturbüro Sven Röttger
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
The failure and subsequent suppression of modernism in the USSR under Stalin in the mid-1930s and the rising threat of continental war sent (mostly Jewish) architects, especially the avant-garde, to Britain, the United States, and Israel, where modernist architecture flourished in the newly planned seaside city of Tel Aviv. The so-called Bauhaus villas of the “White City” were modeled on precedents from the 20s, though adapted to the climate. This collection of buildings—numbering upwards 4,000—are today protected by UNESCO and continue to influence Tel Aviv’s contemporay architecture, as can be seen in the Architekturbüro Sven Röttger’s B-House Tel Aviv. The project appropriates the beveled edges and striking curves of the city’s storied modernist, or “Internationalist,” cityscape, yet reinterprets their white-plastered walls in smooth concrete. What could easily have been pastiche is here instead a sensitive and thoughtful take on an architecture of the past that still has much to give.
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