The Essential Outlines of an Art Deco Block of Flats

A very high quality design example of an Art Deco block of flats with modernist outlines in Dorobanti area, Bucharest, dating from late 1930s. (©Valentin Mandache)

Although this building has apparently very limited decoration consisting mainly in that of the stairs tower’s parallel window strips and a series of curvatures on the building corner and balconies, it nevertheless emanates a strong sense of high quality design accomplishment, often a hallmark of inter-war Bucharest architecture, in many aspects ahead of its time. I very much like the gates, on the left hand side of the image, together with the block’s doorway provided with a simple rectangular awning, all seamlessly integrated within this inclusive beautiful architectural composition.


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


If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing 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.

2 thoughts on “The Essential Outlines of an Art Deco Block of Flats

  • Thank you very much for this. The building is a great example of the concept of “less is more” and also simply a beautiful piece of work. Modernist buildings so often can be beautiful in their apparent simplicity and overall composition.


    • Sir,
      I am very familiar with the building in picture. Build in 1936- arhitect Constantin Joja.



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