Visiting in Tel Aviv, one of my most favorite design experiences is simply waking up every morning next to the Habima Square, which view is perfectly seen from the window of my bedroom. This extraordinary place is not only the home to some leading cultural institutions such as the national theater, the Mann Auditorium, and the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, but it is also located at one of Israel's most magical intersections at Rothschild Boulevard. The history of this development is a rather fascinating project of Zionist ambition.
The notion of establishing a cultural center in the first Jewish city of Tel Aviv was first proposed by British architect Sir Patrick Geddes who drew its master plan in the 20s, perceived Tel Aviv as modern Acropolis. The Theater, designed by Oscar Kaufman was completed in 1945; the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion, designed by leading architects Dov Karmi, Ze'ev Rechter, and Ya'akov Rechter, was completed in 1952; and finally, the best of all buildings, the Mann Auditorium was inaugurated in 1957, as the home of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Love the view seen from the window of my bedroom every morning, while visiting Tel Aviv.