One of my most favorite areas in Tel Aviv is the former Strand Hotel, which modernist architect Joseph Neufeld designed on the shore of Tel Aviv in the late 20s. Renamed Hotel Monopol in the 30s, it was part of a complex that formed the triangular block of Herbert Samuel Square. In addition to the hotel, this Plaza included the first opera house in the country, which was since demolished. The design of the Herbert Samuel Square, representing the influence of the German Expressionist Movement, was the result of an architectural competition, and it came to mark a turning point in the tourist landscape of Tel Aviv, not only in terms of the new architecture.
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