Art Deco House with Patterned Glass Windows

Art Deco stlye house dating from late 1930s, Principatele Unite area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

This looks as an excellently preserved Art Deco style Bucharest house, where the main complaint is the too strident red colour with which the owner has chosen to paint the exterior, a fashion that has became problematic in the last few years as many historic houses throughout this city are painted in flashy and bad taste colours by their ignorant owners. What drew my attention was the interestingly patterned pair of windows, next to the staircase tower (presumably bathroom windows because of their opacity). The pattern although is repetitive, it nevertheless manages to break the monotony and achieve a certain liveliness through the many multicoloured small glass panes shaped as right angle triangles, arranged around smaller squares, forming together in their turn larger squares. The impression of dynamism is further enhanced by the curvature of the wall on which these casement windows have to mould themselves. That is achieved precisely because the 1930s designer used the multitude of miniature glass panes, which could easily be arranged to follow the wall bend within the window frame.


I endeavor through this series of daily 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.


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