Daily Picture 29-Dec-09: Inter-war Modernist Corner Building

Modernist syle residential corner building, built in late 1930s. Cotroceni area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

I took the photograph of the building above among the winter snows of December this year and found it a nice contrast to the local climate through its svelte Mediterranean looking international modernist style. It resembles the upper decks of an ocean liner and although that is a reminiscence of one of the most prescient Art Deco motifs, its simplified, essential lines are all too obvious in the vein of the modernist style. The inter-war architect was probably inspired by the Italian and French modernist schools of architecture, very influential in Romania of that period.


I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.


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3 thoughts on “Daily Picture 29-Dec-09: Inter-war Modernist Corner Building

  • I just love these “every day” early modernism buildings …and especially the ones from eastern europe where you can somehow still feel the spirit of the traditional ornaments and propotions of the region. Lovely!


    • I had a look around the building to find the architect’s name tablet, but to now avail; have to do some more research and ask among the flat owners there. My hunch is for the inter-war architect Gheorghe Iancu (not to be confused with another architect, modernist pioneer and artist,- Marcel Iancu), who is known to have designed very streamlined buildings on the borderline between the modernist and Art Deco styles, as is this one. I’ll keep you posted once I’ll find out; but in the meanwhile I hope someone among my readers would come faster with an answer 🙂 Valentin



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