Bucharest Art Deco apparent heights I

The svelte vertical outlines of a Bucharest Art Deco apartment block dating from 1935, designed by the Zilberman Architectural Bureau (according to the name tablet next to its entrance); Popa Soare area. (©Valentin Mandache)

I am impressed how the inter-war architect (from the Zilberman Bureau of Bucharest) managed to convey through a skilful play of lines and volumes this impression of considerable height for a building containing just three upper floors. The designer obviously used with high effect the laws of optimal optical proportions and perspectives, that have their origins in the architectural design of the Greek and Roman classical temples more than two millennia ago. This talent which was so assiduously cultivated by the inter-war Bucharest architects, is in very short supply among most of their contemporary counterparts, as one can see at every corner in this city littered with unsightly buildings, lacking proportion, erected during the just concluded property boom in Romania.


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.


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