Bucharest Minimalist Art Deco Doorway

A well preserved minimalist Art Deco style doorway from a mid-1930s block of flats in the Mosilor area of Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

I found this wonderful doorway very evocative of the confident 1930s era of modernisation and industrialisation, especially in a country like Romania that had then an economy based primarily on traditional agriculture, with over 70% of the population living in ancestral rural areas. I am just enthralled by the its harmonious simple design, which although is presented in a grey colour, it still conveys with great effect the messages of the period. It is like a metaphoric doorway to a temple of progress, as the inter-war people imagined it. I also like the coloured glass that backs the door, which is very impressive when the light is on in the hallway during the evenings.


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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2 thoughts on “Bucharest Minimalist Art Deco Doorway

    • Interesting observation! That gave me food for thought and think that the ‘wings’ could also be the abstraction of a myriapoda crawling up on the door 🙂 or the ribs in a human rib cage -there are 12 pairs of this symbol laden body part- as an allusion of humans becoming robotic machines 🙂 etc.



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