Bucharest 1932 Art Deco Style House

A balanced, good quality Art Deco style house designed by the architect R. Michaescu in 1932. Domenii area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

This house is an Art Deco style classic, of a typology encountered all over the world in the third and especially forth decade of the c20th. It is the work of the architect R. Michaescu (1932), as mentioned on a name tablet on the façade. The building is located in a quarter of the city, Domenii, developed between the late 1920s and early 1940s, as a prestige housing area for the local elites, endowed with a good quality architectural mix that consists mainly of Neo-Romanian and Art Deco style buildings and also some fascinating hybrids/ symbioses between these two orders. I very much like the triangular shape first floor bay window of this house and its double entry doorway, about which I already published some month ago a picture on this blog (click here for access).

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2 thoughts on “Bucharest 1932 Art Deco Style House

  • This house is absolutely lovely. I think it was designed to be white (just like the majority of the Art Deco houses built between the wars), and I hope the owners will eventually revert to the original color. The art deco trim has been preserved but it was never meant to stand in contrast with the house color – it detracts from the absolutely brilliant volume play. Such a lovely building though!

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    • The aggressive colour is according to the uncouth tastes of contemporary moneyed Romanians who can afford those houses (remember such property, during the recent boom was more expensive than a similar well located San Diego CA example, in a country with third world wages!). Unfortunately not only the colour was ‘improved’ by the actual proprietors, but also the wall rendering, which is a low quality cement that suffocates the building, with a bland texture, completely alien from the original Art Deco era renderings. VM

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