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Stamp: International Style Architecture in Tel Aviv

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Israel's first architects faced a unique challenge - creating a style for a new nation adapted to the demands of landscape and climatic conditions. They were restricted by political and financial instability and the existence of buildings of different styles in the Land, dating from various epochs of foreign rule before the State was re-established. 

The set of three stamps issued in April 1994, depicts three buildings in Tel Aviv, in the International Style, the modern European architecture of the 1920's. Based on the "Bauhaus," the style of the world-famous German Art School. It is established on the principle that modern architecture must suit the requirements of art, industry and engineering. It is marked by the absence of ornament, ostentatious facades and harmony between artisitc-technical functions. It consists of sweeping steel constructions, flat roofs, huge glass walls and free-flowing space achieving a close relationship between in and outdoors. It reflects the spirit of Democracy and of the Industrial Revolution.

Citris House - Designed by Karl Rubin as the first steelframe office block in Tel Aviv and the most impressive of his creations.

Assuta Hospital - Designed by Yosef Neufeld, this private hospital consists of elongated buildings, flat roofs, rows of horizontal windows and ledges of steel piping with jutting balconies. 

The Cooperative Workers Housing - Designed by Arieh Sharon. The cooperative consists of three, three-storey blocks with a total of 127 apartments around a central courtyard. 

The stamp with an information sheet are enclosed in a plastic protection sheet

 

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