Daily Picture 3-Mar-10: Art Deco Building Design Adapted for Street Corner

A beautiful architectural and functional solution dating from mid-1930s, in the era before the computer aided design, for an Art Deco building located on a difficult shape street corner in Popa Soare area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

I believe that you would agree with me that the talented and resourceful inter-war period Romanian architects deserve our full admiration when looking at their wonderful designs solutions for the often difficult locations where they had to erect new edifices, such as is the quirky example above situated on an awkward corner of a multiple street intersection, which I photographed in east-central Bucharest. The process of emerging from the maize-like urban fabric inherited from the Ottoman times, into a modern metropolis endowed with an efficient urban master-plan, was running at full steam in the 1930s. The Art Deco style fit the bill wonderfully for this new environment, being adapted, in the hands of highly qualified and imaginative architects, to the most difficult situations in terms of plot size, shape and street conditions. I already described a couple of weeks ago the similar example of a compact, but lively Art Deco block of flats placed on a minuscule street-corner plot, where the beautiful design shined through even in these most inauspicious conditions, see here for details. The five decades of communism that followed the WWII had stopped that impetuous and fortuitous development in its tracks, which today is just a dream personified by buildings like the one in the image above. I enjoy looking at its apparent symmetry, the capability of the edifice to present a balanced façade from every vantage point and also the “rule of three” typical of Art Deco architecture, discerned in many of its decorative and structural elements (balconies, window sections, flag post base, etc.)

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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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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

One thought on “Daily Picture 3-Mar-10: Art Deco Building Design Adapted for Street Corner

  • Yes, you justly parise this building! It’s a superb example of its type. Perhaps you could post some photos of the other facades in the future?

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