Open House 20.7

Inside House // Photo: Orit Siman Tov


  1. The Pyramid
    30 Wadi Salib St.; there is an accessible entrance from 3 Ibn Gabirol St.
    Architects: Tav Group, 2017
    Guided tours of The Pyramid – a new contemporary art center – with the architect Yoav Trifon from the Tav Group. Located in a structure with a prominent presence in Wadi Salib, the center was originally built as a school after Israel was established. Following the Wadi Salib riots in 1959, the residents of the neighborhood, who were mostly Mizrahi Jews, were vacated and the building was abandoned. It was reoccupied in the 1990’s when it became a makeshift work and exhibition space used by artists who formed The Pyramid association. During the tours, Trifon will talk about the blueprint and plans whose execution was recently completed, changing the use of the building and converting it into an art center that houses both workshops and galleries under the same roof. The plans included increasing the total area from 1,000 m² to 2,500 m², connecting the different spaces by bridges and open corridors, adding balconies that offer breathtaking views of the port, developing the outdoor areas and making the entire building accessible.
    Friday, July 20th, 13:30 and 14:30
    2 open tours. Reservations not required. 
  1. Restored Railroad Cars at the Israel Railways Museum
    Meeting place: next to the Israel Railways Museum ticket office, 1 Hativat Golani St. (for those arriving on foot) or on the corner of Hiram and HaMelacha Streets (for those arriving by car). It is advisable to access the Museum directly using the Museum Train. Information about the Museum Train will be posted on the Israel Railways website and Open Houses website a week prior to the event.
    Hour-long tours with Apollo Legismo – a blacksmith, conservator and restorer who researches the history of iron works in Israel. He will talk about two projects currently underway at the Railway Museum which involve the restoration of antique railroad cars built around 125 years ago: Car 314 – a third class carriage from the British Mandate period, which includes restoration of most of its wood elements that have fallen into disrepair since being taken out of service in the 1950’s, and the Ambulance Car – a car seized in Egypt during the Sinai Campaign, which is now being restored and converted into an ambulance car like the one used by the British army in World War I.
    Friday, July 20th, 11:00 and 12:30
    2 open tours. Reservations not required. 
  1. The Historical Haifa East Train Station
    Meeting place: next to the Israel Railways Museum ticket office, 1 Hativat Golani St. (for those arriving on foot) or on the corner of Hiram and HaMelacha Streets (for those arriving by car). It is advisable to access the Museum directly using the Museum Train. Information about the Museum Train will be posted on the Israel Railways website and Open Houses website a week prior to the event.
    Ruth Liberty-Shalev and Adi Har-Noy, preservation architects who are engaged in documenting and restoring buildings in the train station compound, lead these hour-long tours which will offer participants a glimpse of the fascinating past of the Haifa East train station. They will present documents from the building file and discuss the connection between modern Haifa’s development and the construction of the terminus of the Hijaz Railway in the city in 1905.
    Friday, July 20th, 10:00 and 11:15
    2 open tours. Reservations not required. 
  1. Israel Railways Museum
    Meeting place: next to the Israel Railways Museum ticket office, 1 Hativat Golani St. (for those arriving on foot) or on the corner of Hiram and HaMelacha Streets (for those arriving by car). It is advisable to access the Museum directly using the Museum Train. Information about the Museum Train will be posted on the Israel Railways website and Open Houses website a week prior to the event.
    Tours at the Israel Railways Museum, which is located in the stone buildings of the historical Haifa East train station – the point of departure of the legendary Jezreel Valley Train. The tours will recount the history of railway transportation in the Land of Israel, from the inauguration of the first line between Jaffa and Jerusalem in 1892 to the accelerated development of Israel Railways that is now underway. Tour participants will be shown a variety of antique steam engines and cars stored at the Museum and will also become familiar with basic concepts from the world of railway transportation. The tours will last about 45 minutes.

Thursday, July 19th, 10:00-15:00 (the last tour starts at 15:00) and 17:00-19:00 (the last tour starts at 19:00); Friday, July 20th, 9:00-14:00 (the last tour starts at 14:00)
Open tours. Reservations not required. 

  1. Dagon Granaries
    75 Ha’atzmaut St. Meeting place: next to the guard booth (about 50 meters west of the Haifa Central – HaShmona train station)
    Architect: Ossip Klarwein, 1953
    Guided tours of one of the most impressive and striking structures in the city, which was built at the initiative of the late Dr. Reuven Hecht and serves as the State of Israel’s marine grain terminal at Haifa Port. During the tours, participants will hear the story behind the construction of the terminal and how it operates. The visit includes a tour of the archaeological museum opened by Dr. Hecht, where archaeological findings related to grain storage in ancient times are on display. There will also be a presentation describing the site and an explanation about the architecture of the buildings in the complex and the art found within them.
    Thursday, July 19th, 10:00-18:00 (the last tour starts at 18:00); Friday, July 20th, 9:00-14:00 (the last tour starts at 14:00)
    Tours for groups of 25 will start every hour on the hour. Reservations not required. 
  1. Brilliantly Designed?
    Meeting place: the parking lot below Talpiot Market; the entrance is from Sirkin St.
    Architect: Moshe Gerstel, 1940
    Talpiot Market is considered one of the most important structures built in the International Style in Haifa, also called a wonder of the world by the local press in the 1940’s. It was built following an architectural design competition (after beating close to 100 competing proposals) and, as soon as it was completed, became one of the symbols of the Hadar neighborhood and Haifa overall. Despite all its qualities, the structure with its splendid modernist space and transparent ceiling has been deserted for many decades. The tour, led by Shany Shilo from the Technion, will focus on the history of the building, its architectural features and the story behind it.
    Friday, July 20th, 13:00
    Open tour. Reservations not required. 
  1. The Apartment on 18 Yehiel
    18 Yehiel St., 2nd floor (white door)
    Architect: Haim Hary, 1932
    A look at an apartment situated in one of the twin ‘palace’ buildings on Yehiel Street in the Hadar neighborhood – originally designed in an art deco style by the Jewish architect, Haim Hary, for wealthy Arab families. The recently renovated and spacious apartment contains preserved elements such as the original decorative floor tiles, the arched wooden windows and the traditional division in Arab residential construction between a main living area and rooms surrounding it. There will also be a performance art piece – entitled Easy to Tie, Hard to Untie – by Sally Krysztal. The visits at the apartment will be in groups of 20.
    Thursday, July 19th, 16:00-19:00 Friday, July 20th, 15:00-18:00; Saturday July 21st, 14:00 -17:00
    Open house. Reservations not required. 
  1. WIZO Haifa Academy
    21 HaGanim St., German Colony
    Architects: Yoram Popper, E.E. Hirsch Architects, together with the architect Luciano Santandreu, 2002|
    A tour with the architect, Yoram Popper, at a building he designed – a former music school that was converted into the WIZO Haifa Academy. The project won an internal architectural design competition held by the teachers at the Department of Architecture at WIZO. Popper will talk about the renewed design of the building and the design concept underlying the project: the creation of a town square that would be part of the restoration of Haifa’s German Colony which was taking shape at the time.
    Friday, July 20th, 11:00
    The building is also open for self-guided visits on Thursday, July 19th, 12:00-20:00 and on Saturday July 21st, 10:00 -22:00
    Open tour. Reservations not required. 
  1. Oil Refineries Ltd. (BAZAN)
    Meeting place: BAZAN’s outdoor parking lot. Waze: BAZAN Visitors Center. Reserved parking will be available for visitors.
    Tours of the oil refineries compound built by the British in 1939, which at the time also housed the administration buildings that are still used by BAZAN’s management today. Some of the original elements of this colonialist structure have been preserved, including the original cooling towers – a symbol of Haifa and historic landmark – and the residences of the British engineers, next to which there are squash and tennis courts. Tour participants will be taken to the different buildings in the compound by bus, starting with the Visitors Center inside the cooling towers, where Yuval Bilenko, the Center’s director, will explain the history of the site. After that, visitors will continue to tour other parts of the plant with Shlomi Basson, BAZAN’s Deputy CEO, and continue from there to the administration buildings avenue, where they will meet the architect Eran Mebel, who designed the Visitors Center and will talk about the architectural qualities of the buildings. The tours will conclude with a session with Shmulik Kisselov, who will share memories of the period he lived in employee housing on the premises together with his family.
    Thursday, July 19th, 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00; Friday, July 20th, 10:00
    Advance reservations required; each of the 4 tours is limited to 150 participants. To sign up: call *8696 or send an email to 
  1. A Myth About Uncompromising Architects
    Meeting place: the entrance to the parking lot next to the Danziger Mechanical Engineering Building
    Architects: Zvi Hecker and Prof. Alfred Neumann, 1965
    The Danziger Mechanical Engineering Building, designed by Prof. Alfred Neumann and Zvi Hecker, is considered a pioneering example of Israeli morphological architecture. It is built out of a triangular prefabricated element, whose repetition in the structure makes it a comprehensive work down to the minutest details. Over the years, a myth has evolved about the building that links its totality with the refusal of its architects to compromise, which reached a peak when Zvi Hecker showed up at the dedication ceremony with a bucket of yellow paint and began painting the building in front of the guests. The 90-minute tour, led by the architect Aurelia Kirmayer (the former campus architect), will focus on the building and some nearby sculptures.
    Friday, July 20th, 11:00
    Open tour. Reservations not required. 
  1. The Avie and Sarah Arenson Built Heritage Research Center
    Amado Building, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, 2nd floor, Room 221, Technion campus
    A visit at the archive of the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, which since the early days of the Technion has stored rare collections – including the rare book collection that belonged to Alexander Baerwald (who designed the old Technion building), a collection of negatives on glass that depict the construction of public buildings during the British Mandate period, and a collection of student projects starting in the 1960’s. Tour participants will also be shown collections received by the archive in recent years, such as the collection of the Yaar architecture firm and the collection of the landscape architect, Ruth Enis.
    Friday, July 20th, 12:00, 12:30 and 13:00
    3 sessions, each limited to the first 10 people in line. Reservations not required.
  1. The Technion Campus – What’s Next?
    Sego Building, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning
    How do you design a university campus that shows respect for its glorious past, but also knows how to adapt itself to tomorrow’s challenges? Prof. Arch. Shamay Assif, who took part in designing the master plan for the Technion, will attempt to answer those questions during an hour-long lecture, in the course of which he will talk about dilemmas, needs and other constraints the planners had to deal with.
    Friday, July 20th, 12:30
    Open lecture. Reservations not required. 
  1. The Technion Campus as a Museum of Israeli Architecture
    Meeting place: Neve Sha’anan Gate (after the security check)
    The Technion campus is an open-air museum of Israeli architecture where, since the institution’s founding, buildings have been designed in different styles by leading architects. The architect Omri Zilka – a lecturer and owner of the “Pinat Rehov” blog which deals with architecture, design and urbanism in Haifa – will review the history of the various architectural designs on campus. Participants will be shown some of the buildings from the outside and will be able to enter others, where Zilka will try and explain what rendered them masterpieces and what makes the campus unique. The tour lasts about two hours (and involves walking about 1.5 kms, most of which is downhill).
    Friday, July 20th, 9:00
    Open tour. Reservations not required. 
  1. A Changing Campus
    Meeting place: the bus stop next to the Chemical Engineering Building on Rose Blvd., Technion campus
    A tour of the Technion campus with the conservation architect, Amir Freundlich, who will present two master plans that were made for the campus: one that was designed by Prof. Alexander Klein in 1953 and was based on a green central pathway flanked on both sides by the different faculty buildings – and a later one designed by the architect Shlomo Gilad in the 1960’s that was based on a main transportation artery, which changed the face of the campus and left a mark on its character to this very day. The hour-long tour will also focus on some of the prominent buildings on campus: the Student Union, Ullmann Center and others.
    Friday, July 20th, 9:30
    Open tour. Reservations not required. 
  2. A Forest Campus
    Meeting place: Churchill Plaza, next to the Churchill Building and Senate House in the middle of the Technion campus
    A two-hour tour of the Technion campus led by Rakefet Sinai, a landscape architect and lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning. The tour will review the design history of the open spaces on campus, starting in its early days and up to the 1970’s. Sinai will focus on the special planning concept that stemmed from the physical features of the area, which originally was forest land and turned into a symbol and hallmark of the Technion.
    Friday, July 20th, 10:00
    Open tour. Reservations not required.
  3. The Trifon Residence
    40 Henrietta Szold St. / 11 HaHashmona’im St.
    Architects: Rath-Komet, 1940; Renovation and interior design architect: Kathy Nuriel, 2000
    A visit at an apartment situated in a large stone building designed in the International Style, with round balconies and surrounded by terraces with lush vegetation. The house was built in the 1940’s by the Trifon family and was among the first constructed on this slope of the mountain. During its renovation, the stone walls were retrofitted and the blueprint was entirely revamped to adapt the house to the needs of the family that bought it. Its urban-rural character and its architectural qualities, which are typical of Mandatory construction in Haifa, were however preserved.
    Thursday, July 19th, 16:00-19:00; Friday, July 20th, 10:00-15:00
    Open house. Reservations not required. 
  1. Landscape Development in Nahal Giborim (Wadi Rushmia)
    Meeting place: the parking lot next to the Mekorot facility on Nahal Giborim Rd. (it is advisable to enter the parking lot from Ibn Gabirol St.)
    For decades, Nahal Giborim Park in Wadi Rushmia was a kind of ‘backyard’ of Haifa from a social and transportation perspective and a huge and unregulated waste disposal site. During this hour-long tour with the landscape architect Margalit Suchoy, who designed the landscape development in the area, she will describe the complex and revolutionary project that included removing tons of trash, replacing the sewer line and electricity infrastructures, paving a road that links the lower city with the Carmel, planting vegetation, creating a park with a pedestrian path, and devising an infrastructural solution to the repeated flooding of the lower city due to stormwater runoff from the Carmel.
    Friday, July 20th, 9:00
    Open tour. Reservations not required. 
  1. Anglo-Palestine Bank
    1 Natanson St.
    Architect: Alexander Baerwald, 1928
    A glimpse of the splendid interior of one the most important historical buildings in Haifa – a monumental stone structure that originally was the Haifa branch of Anglo-Palestine Bank. It now houses the offices of the law firm Yaacov Salomon, Lipschutz & Co. The brief tours will be led by Yaakov Shorer – a member of the Haifa History Society, the author of the book Touring Haifa and a seasoned tour guide. He will recount the story behind the construction of the building and talk about the Land of Israel architectural style that the architect, Alexander Baerwald, sought to create in it: an eclectic style that combines Western, Oriental and Jewish architectural elements, such as pointed arches and ancient coin decorations.
    Thursday, July 19th, 17:00-19:00 (the last tour starts at 18:30); Friday, July 20th, 9:00-12:00 (the last tour starts at 11:30)
    Tours for groups of 25 will start every 30 minutes. Reservations not required. 
  1. Galleries in the Lower City
    Meeting place: The Pyramid, 30 Wadi Salib St.; there is an accessible entrance from 3 Ibn Gabirol St.
    The gallery world in Haifa consists of assorted and diverse art spaces, which conduct themselves differently from the large commercial galleries in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The tour will start at The Pyramid – a contemporary art center in the Wadi Salib neighborhood that has studio spaces, an exhibition gallery and artist workshops. From there, it will continue to Manjm – Haifa Culture Lab, which seeks to animate the local contemporary art in various disciplines, including creative works, education, theory and criticism. The tour will end at Gate 3 Gallery in Haifa’s Lower City, a district that has become one of the finest art centers in the world. The two-hour tour will be led by Naomi Koren, who has a B.A. in Art History and Psychology from the University of Haifa and runs Alternative Tel Aviv’s department of gallery and contemporary art tours in Haifa.
    Friday, July 20th, 10:00
    Open tour for the first 30 people in line. Reservations not required. 
  1. The Big Mills
    40 Hativat Golani St. (parking is available inside the compound)
    Architect: the engineer Arpad Gut, 1922
    An opportunity to become acquainted with the striking structure of the mills that are still in operation today and are among the last remnants of the industrial-agricultural zone established next to Haifa Port during the British Mandate period. The mills were built by Baron Rothschild and were the first in the country to be powered by steam. To make loading and unloading the flour an easier task, a train track ran directly into the yard. The structure was designed by the Hungarian Jewish engineer, Arpad Gut, who was one of the leading architects of his time and an expert on reinforced concrete. Apart from the mills, he also designed a number of water towers, bridges and Tel Aviv’s sewer system. Motifs reminiscent of the walls of Jerusalem are incorporated in the structure’s windows and capitals.
    Baby carriages cannot be brought into the compound. Children under the age of 13 will be allowed to participate if closely supervised by a parent.
    Thursday, July 19th, 15:00, 16:30 and 18:00; Friday, July 20th, 10:00, 11:30 and 13:00
    6 tours, each limited to the first 20 people in line. Reservations not required. 
  1. An Old-New Space
    6 HaNamal St.
    Architect: Kfir Galatia Azulay, K.O.T. Architects, 2018
    A look at a large industrial space (roughly 650 m²) located at the port, which in the past served as a goods warehouse and workshop. It is now in the final stages of being converted into a restaurant, night bar, venue for live shows, and a local Arab and international art gallery named Fattoush Gallery Bar. During the tours, the architect, Kfir Galatia Azulay, will talk about the project that is being executed as part of the lower city’s renewal. He will also discuss the design ideology of the gallery owner and developer that dictated how the space was designed and incorporated the reuse of dismantled raw materials such as bricks, wood boards for flooring, iron handrails and furniture, some of which were imported from flea markets in Brussels, Budapest and London, while others were gathered in local markets. Together they create an eclectic space of materials, periods and colors.
    Thursday, July 19th, 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00; Friday, July 20th, 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00
    6 open tours. Reservations not required. 
  1. Anna Forta
    16 Herzliya St.
    A visit at an apartment in a 1930’s building which was converted into an interior design studio that hosts cultural events. Preserved according to its original blueprint, the apartment offers an opportunity to become acquainted with the residential experience in Haifa at the beginning of the 20th century, which included spacious living areas, high ceilings, decorative floor tiles and wood windows.
    Thursday, July 19th, 9:00-18:00; Friday, July 20th, 9:00-14:00; Saturday, July 21st, 14:00-17:00
    Open house. Reservations not required. 
  1. A-Saida Church and the House of Grace
    10 Pal Yam St.
    Visits at this compound surrounded by a stone wall, which houses the a-Saida Greek Catholic Church and other buildings used by the House of Grace – a rehab facility for released convicts. The church was built in 1862 on the foundations of a smaller church in order to accommodate a growing congregation. It was built near other churches in this part of Haifa that was populated by Christian Arabs and was abandoned following Israel’s War of Independence. In 1981, Kamil Shehade and his wife Agnes began restoring the rundown compound with the intention of converting it into a rehab facility for released convicts and a shelter for women of all religions. Both centers are still in operation today. The brief tours will be led by their son, Jamal Shehade.
    Thursday, July 19th, 9:00-15:30; Friday, July 20th, 9:00-13:00 (the last tour starts at 12:00); Saturday July 21st, 9:00-17:00. On Thursday and Friday, there will be brief tours every hour on the hour. On Saturday, there will only be non-guided visits.
    Open house and open tours. Reservations not required. 
  1. The Templer Community House and Templer School
    11 Ben Gurion Blvd.
    Years of construction: 1869 and 1902; Restoration and conversion of the buildings into a museum: the architect Dagan Mochly, 2004
    Guided tours of a compound that currently houses the Haifa City Museum and includes two Templer buildings: the community house – the first Templer building constructed in the country – and the Templer school. The tours will recount the story of the Templer community in Haifa and the changes the buildings have undergone over time: the community house that was built in 1869 as a gathering place and also served as a German school for the members of the Templer Society (who came to the country in the 19th century because they believed their presence here would lead to the world’s redemption), and the school that was built in the compound in 1902 to accommodate the growing community.
    Thursday, July 19th, 16:00 and 17:00; Friday, July 20th, 11:00 and 12:00; Saturday July 21st, 11:00 and 12:00
    6 tours, each limited to the first 30 people in line. Reservations not required.
  1. Wadi Salib Park
    Meeting place: the plaza at the intersection of Wadi Salib St. and Omar el-Khatab St.
    Tours with the landscape architects, Daphna Greenstein and Hila Rotem, at the new park they designed in the heart of Wadi Salib, relying on a detailed town plan they prepared for the neighborhood in the 1990’s. During the tours, they will describe the design and concept underlying the park, the stages of its development and its connection with the overall plan for the neighborhood. The hour-long tour will end at the meeting place.
    Thursday, July 19th, 11:00; Friday, July 20th, 11:00; Saturday July 21st, 11:00
    3 open tours. Reservations not required. 
  1. The Flea Market from Within and from Without
    Meeting place: next to the entrance to the Train Museum on 1 Hativat Golani Rd.
    A tour with Yigal Greiber – who researches Haifa and the Land of Israel and sits on the board of the Haifa History Society. He will recount Haifa’s story through a number of stations in the lower city and Wadi Salib: the Jezreel Valley Train monument from 1905, the memorial to King Faisal I of Iraq, the fresco uncovered in 2012 in a nuts and dried fruit shop that describes a sea and air battle in World War I, the el-Halil family’s private cemetery and the Istiklal mosque.
    Thursday, July 19th, 17:00; Friday, July 20th, 11:00; Saturday, July 21st, 11:00
    3 open tours. Reservations not required. 
  1. Gallery House
    92 Ha’atzmaut St.
    A glimpse of the home of the artist, Shimon Cohen. This Arab house was built on the coast (before the Ha’atzmaut Road strip was drained by the British in 1933) and for many years was deserted and boarded up. It was renovated by Cohen two and a half years ago and now serves as his home and studio as well as an art gallery that also hosts bands and small-scale cultural events.
    Thursday, July 19th, 12:00-19:00; Friday, July 20th, 12:00-18:00; Saturday, July 21st, 12:00-17:00
    Open house. Reservations not required. 
  1. An Apartment on Tsafririm Street
    20 Tsafririm St.
    Interior design: Bosmat Almagor, 2013
    A visit at an apartment in a small building dating back to the 1950’s, located on the main street of the Carmeliya neighborhood. The 170 m² apartment, whose main space is surrounded by a green landscape and features high 3.20-meter ceilings, was built out of “debesh” walls (a traditional construction method that incorporates thick mortar and rubble-filled walls). It was remodeled from top to bottom by the interior designer to better meet the needs of her family.
    Thursday, July 19th, 17:00-20:00; Friday, July 20th, 13:00-16:00; Saturday July 21st, 11:00-17:00
    Open house. Reservations not required. 







  1. The Artist Tal Givon’s Home

19 Yehiel St.

Visits at this artist’s home which is located in an apartment building designed in an Arab style by the architect, Haim Hary, in the 1920’s. It features a main area called a liwan that is flanked by rooms on both sides. During the sessions with Givon, she will talk about the neighborhood and the historical and social processes that took place there in the last 100 years, as well as Wadi Salib and the port that her apartment looks out on. She will focus on the heyday of Wadi Salib, the Arab population that left in 1948, the new immigrants who later occupied the homes in the wadi, the 1959 riots, and the dilemmas that preoccupy her today as an artist who lives in the area.

Friday, July 20th, 16:00 and 17:30; Saturday July 21st, 15:00 and 16:30

4 sessions limited to 30 participants each. Reservations not required.


  1. Petite in the Lower City

8 Sarah St.

Interior design: Halit Karsh, 2017

A visit at an unusual 27 m2 apartment with 4.5-meter high ceilings and no natural light, situated in a building constructed in 1947 in the Lower City. The apartment recently underwent extensive renovation, while utilizing the tiny space to the fullest and making use of unconventional finishing materials, such as corrugated tin, which together create a flexible and modern living environment.

Thursday, July 19th, 14:30-17:30; Friday, July 20th, 14:00-17:00

Open house. Reservations not required.


  1. The Courthouse

12 Pal Yam St.

Architects: Chyutin Architects, 2004

A tour with the architect, Bracha Chyutin, at the courthouse in Haifa – whose design was chosen in an open and anonymous two-stage public competition in which around 70 architecture firms took part. During the tour, Chyutin will talk about the cutting-edge and flexible structural and organizational blueprint of the courthouse building, which was created by eliminating the structural definition of the judicial hierarchy. She will also point out numerous innovations that were incorporated in the building, in the flow of user traffic, and in the design of the courtrooms, chambers and administrative offices, which were subsequently adopted in the design of other courthouses built in Israel.

Friday, July 20th, 9:00

Advance reservations required; the tour is limited to 40 participants. Please note: when signing up for the tour, your full name, ID card number and cell phone number must be provided. To register:


  1. A Villa on Hague Street

10 Hague St., Denia

Architect: Ariel Franco, 2018

Guided tours of a new three-story villa, built on the slope of Mount Carmel and overlooking riverbeds and the Mediterranean. The villa was designed as a tiered structure that juts out of the slope, whose modernist style combines wood, aluminum, iron and natural stone. During the tours, the architects will also point out the two dominant architectural elements in the house, which connect it with the surrounding nature: the floating roofs that extend beyond the interior spaces and the numerous windows and views that open up to the landscape.

Friday, July 20th, 10:00-13:00; Saturday July 21st, 10:00-13:00

The tours will be in groups of 20. Reservations not required.


  1. Schumacher House

12 Ben Gurion Blvd., German Colony

A visit at one of the first Templer houses built in the country, which is about to undergo restoration. It was built in 1870 by Jacob Schumacher, an engineer and mason and one of the leaders of the Templer community in Haifa. He designed the houses in the Colony and carved verses from the Book of Psalms on their facades. Schumacher’s home, which is across from the Templer community house, is considered a milestone in the development of Land of Israel architecture in the 19th century. One can identify the beginning of a building style that blends German design with local construction, articulated in the arches on the façade, the front porch and the suspended balcony. The house was a starting point for expeditions that came to explore the Holy Land and later housed the American consulate. Because the house is like it was when its original owners lived there, one can still see some original construction, flooring and carpentry elements, as well as frescos that were recently uncovered.

There will be guided tours on Thursday afternoon and also on Friday at 9:00. During the remaining opening hours, entry will be in small, self-guided groups.

Thursday, July 19th, 17:00-20:00 (guided tours every hour on the hour, the last one starting at 19:00); Friday, July 20th, 9:00-12:00 (a guided tour at 9:00) and 16:00-19:00; Saturday July 21st, 11:00-17:00

Open house. Reservations not required.