Sometimes I do photo walks in Tel Aviv, mainly in the business districts. Here are some photos from Friday:
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Tel Aviv is Israel's main metropolitan area, with about 4 million inhabitants. However, like Vancouver and a past version of London, there is no single municipality in the metropolitan, and it's actually divided into 30+ municipal authorities, and only Israelis can tell the difference. Tel Aviv "proper" has about 450,000 inhabitants, and is the second-largest city in Israel after Jerusalem.
Starting in the south, with Rubinstein Tower. Rubinstein Tower is one of only five buildings above 100 m to be built in Tel Aviv proper before the turn of the century. It completed in 1999 and doesn't look super-impressive today, but it's located right on the crossroads of the light rail system under construction in the city (Red & Green lines), so the area will get a lot more traffic. New skyscrapers are being built all around Rubinstein Tower, so this vantage point won't be possible in a few short months.
On the other side of the previous photo, new skyscrapers have already been built. The two on the right are also by Rubinstein (a local developer), called Rubinstein Twins. The tower on the left is called Acro Tower. The whole block is called Hassan Arafe Compound, and 13 towers are planned in total. There was an article about it just yesterday, in English: Hassan Arafa: Tel Aviv's new city within a city
North of this is the Sarona CBD. It has a number of interesting projects, but they are still not fully developed, so I will post them on another photo walk. For now, here is the skybridge in one of the tower complexes, HaArba'a Towers:
Azrieli Center is Israel's first true skyscraper complex, completed in 1999, and still being constantly developed. The circular tower still has an observation deck that still offers stunning views, despite being blocked on one side by Midtown Tower. First thing's first: here is the tower blocking the view:
Midtown is not just one tower, but an entire central business district in itself. It was full of abandoned factories and parking lots until ~2013, except one lone mid-rise, when Midtown Towers began construction. The first tower completed in 2017, and now there are a bunch. This view is from the opposite side.
From Azrieli Center, it is still possible to see Park Tzameret. Park Tzameret is a neighborhood of residential skyscrapers, with the last and tallest one (ROM Tel Aviv) under construction in the foreground. While this is a very good-looking neighborhood with some top architectural names designing some of the towers, it's completely disconnected from the street and has many celebrity inhabitants who want privacy.
To the north, a new neighborhood seeks to emulate Park Tzameret, albeit hopefully more connected to the city. It's called Bavli, and has historically housed poor immigrant families without full rights to their properties, so there was a great controversy when the massive E-B started. Still, it's progressing with one tower complete and two under construction.
Leaving Tel Aviv proper, here is the famous Diamond Exchange District in Ramat Gan (on the left). Ramat Gan has a history of competing with Tel Aviv on skyscraper height, and has Moshe Aviv Tower (center, background), which is still possibly the tallest in Israel (235 m from main entrance, but 244 m from a side entrance, taller than Tel Aviv's Azrieli Sarona). The rest of the Diamond Exchange is a little stuck in the past, but major development is planned for it, including a 520-meter tower.
On the right side of the picture is another new skyscraper district, called Givatayim City. This is a small nook in the already small city of Givatayim (pop. 60,000), but they also want the lucrative business property taxes, and have approved some tall skyscrapers. In the foreground is HaShahar ("The Dawn") Tower, and Hi Tower (residential) under construction. The large pit in the foreground is Givatayim's planned supertall, called Beyond, by Tidhar. Despite recent flooding issues, it might still become Israel's first supertall, and Givatayim might become the smallest city to house a supertall in the world (correct me if I'm wrong).
A little ways off is one of the most exciting new business centers in Tel Aviv's metro area. Bnei Brak is a highly religious city where most families have many children and get exemptions from property taxes. The city was therefore historically impoverished, until they decided to build a major business area, and approved what were at the time unusually tall skyscrapers in close proximity. Many of them are completed or U/C right now, with the tallest being over 200 m (ILDC 3 Tower, the one U/C in the very back).
Finally I will leave you with a bit of nostalgia. The Ramat Gan Twins were built in 1991, on the outskirts of the Diamond Exchange District. That seems like ages away, when the ~100 m towers of the exchange district seemed like gigantic skyscrapers, and in that context the 85 m twins seemed impressive. I remember being impressed in the early 90s, anyway. The cladding of the towers is very reflective, so artistic photos with them would still be interesting.
Hope you enjoyed this photo walk through Tel Aviv.