Max-Liebling House

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The Max-Liebling House is an architecturally significant, Bauhaus-style modernist building in Tel Aviv, Israel. Located at 29 Idelson Street, it was designed by architect Dov Karmi and built in 1936.[1][2]

The house is notable for being the first building in Israel to use elongated recessed balconies, an adaptation of Le Corbusier's strip windows.[2] Horizontality is emphasized by the narrow intervals between the building's parapet and overhang; not only does this have the design impact of emphasizing the horizontal style, it has the practical effect of screening out the heat of the Mediterranean sun.[2] The timbered pergola, a design element frequently seen in Jerusalem, is unusual in Tel Aviv.[2]

In 2014 the Max-Liebling House was one of the first 10 modernist buildings to receive restoration grants under the Getty Foundation's new "Keeping It Modern" initiative.[3][4]

In 2015 the German government funded the restoration of the House as a Bauhaus museum from which the restoration and preservation of Tel Aviv's notable Bauhaus buildings could be planned and overseen.[5][6] The restored building is expected to reopen as an additional Bauhaus museum.[7][8] Tel Aviv's White City district, a designate World Heritage Site, is the largest collection of German Bauhaus-style buildings found anywhere in the world.[9]


  1. ^ Stein, Claudia (2015). Tel Aviv: Der Reiseführer. p. 66. ISBN 3734774314. 
  2. ^ a b c d Metzger-Szmuk, Nitza (2004). Des maisons sur le sable: Tel-Aviv, mouvement moderne et esprit Bauhaus. éditions de l’éclat. p. 87. ISBN 2841620778. 
  3. ^ Testado, Justine (10 September 2014). "The Getty Foundation selects the first 10 modern projects to receive grants in worldwide preservation effort". Archinet. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Getty Foundation Announces Major Philanthropic Initiative Focused On Conserving 20th Century Architecture". Getty Foundation. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Germany giving $3.2M to help Tel Aviv preserve Bauhaus buildings". JTA. 12 July 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Saving the world's largest Bauhaus settlement". Deutsche Welle. 21 June 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Germany Donated $3.2 Million to Restore the World's Largest Collection of Bauhaus Buildings". Architectural Digest. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Achterhold, Gunda (24 March 2014). "A network for the White City". DE. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  9. ^ UNESCO, Decision Text, World Heritage Centre.

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Coordinates: 32°04′24″N 34°46′13″E / 32.0734°N 34.7704°E / 32.0734; 34.7704