Liebling Haus - The White City Center was co-founded by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality and the German government in a historical and cultural crossroad at the heart of Tel Aviv. The Center’s mission is to promote architecture, conservation, and urban development, focusing on modern architecture. The Liebling Haus serves as an urban hub for the community, fostering local and international dialogue and cooperation in the fields of conservation and architecture research, professional training, and knowledge.
In 2003, UNESCO declared the heart of Tel Aviv as a World Heritage Site, joining five other modernist Heritage Sites worldwide. The White City Center was founded in recognition of Tel Aviv’s outstanding architectural landscape, an exceptional urban texture consisting of over 4,000 international style buildings - an unparalleled global phenomenon.
The Liebling Haus is a listed building located on 29 Idelson Street, a 1930s modernist icon and one of several historical buildings constructed around Bialik Square, once the beating heart of Tel Aviv. Commissioned by Tony and Max Liebling in 1936, it was designed by architect Dov Karmi and engineer Tzvi Barak. With its perfect adaptation to local climate and distinct international style characteristics, the house is entirely different from the heavily decorated home of poet Haim Nachman Bialik, located around the corner.
The Liebling Haus hosts multidisciplinary exhibitions and lectures by local and international speakers. In addition to a permanent exhibition introducing the White City, the building features galleries, workspaces, a research lab, a cafe, and an ecological garden inspired by the Garden City and hosts various public events, guided tours, and workshops.
Visitors of this paragon of international style residential building can feel the unique character of the vernacular architecture developed in Tel Aviv-Yafo. Despite its new function as a public building, the original layout of the apartments was mostly preserved, revealing authentic materials and details that invite visitors to experience history. The Liebling Haus Audio App tells the story of the building, its residents, and the preservation process, offering additional layers of knowledge and information.
Interacting with the extensive, ever-changing content dedicated to urban architecture and conservation, visitors can explore modernist architecture heritage through a contemporary-historical perspective.
The Liebling Haus Team
Director & CEO: Shira Levy-Benyemini
Program Director: Arch. Sharon Golan-Yaron
Curator: Arch. Sabrina Cegla
Director & Curator of the School of the City: Arch. Eran Eizenhamer
Producer of the School of the City: Efrat Kedem
Head of the Research Lab: Dr. Rachel Gottesman
Administrative Manager: Vered Salem
Marketing & Advertising Manager: Moran Shambar
Graphic Designer: Efrat Goldmann
Research, Mapping & Analyzing GIS: Yarden Diskin
Photographer: Yael Schmidt
Content Editor: Riky Cohen
Translator: Ronny Shani
Responsible for the project on behalf of the municipality: Dr. Arch. Jeremie Hoffmann, Head of the conservation department at Tel Aviv Municipality.
Clemens Haury, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI)
Project Manager: Ellen Kugler, Federal Construction Agency Rhineland-Palatinate
Advisor: Ulrike Rose on behalf of the Federal Construction Agency
Renovation & Conservation
Project management - Tel Aviv Foundation: Shlomo Dagan
Project Architect: Arch. Rivka Karmi, Ada Karmi architects
Interior Design: Arch. Dan Hasson, Arch. Yonathan Cohen
Contractor: Arco Conservation&Restoration ltd. Yotam Carmeli, Tali Ollech-Eyal, Ran Shapira
Conservation Advisor: Arch. Winfried Brenne
The conservation survey of the Liebling Haus: Arch. Winfried Brenne, Arch. Tal Eyal
Conservation Architect on behalf of Liebling Haus: Sharon Golan-Yaron
The Liebling Garden Design, construction & maintenance: CityTree & Onya Collective
Irrigation System: Netafim Germany