- The Poli House, Tel Aviv, interior design by Karim Rashid
The trend towards more intimate hospitality with smaller hotels is gaining ground. One of the new entries to the Boutique Hotel scene is The Poli House, which opened a few days ago in Tel Aviv, offering 40 rooms of experimental luxury.
A fascinating architectural project that is the end result of a restored Bauhaus icon built in 1934 by architect Shlomo Laiskowski. The Polishuk House housed commercial spaces along with shops and offices and in its time it stood out in the city setting for its unusual cylindrical facade on the street corner, a real exception in Tel Aviv, dominated as it was by the international style of rectangular, smooth surfaces.
The Bauhaus building was delicately restored over a three-year period, and the interiors are all by famous industrial designer and architect Karim Rashid. A real tribute to 1930s Tel Aviv boasting the colours yellow, blue, green and white, where the designer objects aim at a healthier and more focused lifestyle, without denying the fact that we live in a digital era.
In the words of Karim Rashid: “We usually only look to the past for inspiration, but the mentality of Tel Aviv is very contemporary, focusing less on the past and looking forward to the future. The Poli House embodies just that. I tried to embrace that Tel Aviv spirit, energy and love of life into the function of the hotel, turning an emotion into a tangible form through colors and graphics.”
The result is a fantastic combination of Bauhaus architecture and innovative design, without forgetting the dialogue with the urban context that occurs in a contemplative way on the scenic rooftop with infinity pool and more directly on the ground floor, where The Poli House Portal acts as a cultural centre with gallery space, art and design bookstore and fashion displays showcasing works of local Tel Aviv creatives. A perfect combination for a holiday in the “White City” uniting business and relaxation!
Project: Dayan Group
Interior Design: Karim Rashid
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Images: Assaf Pinchuk
Find out more: http://www.thepolihouse.com/