The modernist movement has two surprising outposts…
It may come as a surprise to learn that the Israeli city has the largest collection of Bauhaus buildings (above) in the world, the result of the emigration of German Jewish architects following the rise of the Nazis. Now a Unesco World Heritage site, the 4,000-plus buildings of Tel Aviv’s White City can be taken in on a guided two-hour walking tour (80 shekels/£18) from Bauhaus Centre Tel Aviv, which also has a free permanent exhibition. bauhaus-center.com
When Chicago’s industrial leaders wanted to boost the city’s profile, they turned to Bauhaus for inspiration. Hungarian émigré Moholy-Nagy, one of the movement’s original teachers, was drafted in and the New Bauhaus school was created in 1937. While it only lasted a year, its influence had greater longevity. Mies van der Rohe was also drawn to the city and designed several buildings on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus. Architectural highlights downtown include his Kluczynski Federal Building, Dirksen Federal Building and AMA Plaza at 330 North Wabash; the last of these is home to the Langham hotel.