Inverted ziggurat motif Art Deco windows

Art Deco style windows decorated with the inverted ziggurat motif; early 1930s house in Piata Victoriei area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The triptych of windows in the photograph above would be quite monotonous without the inverted ziggurat motif represented on the dividing pillars between wall openings. The inverted ziggurat is often used with great effect in the Art Deco and Modernist architecture, enlivening the composition of the whole design. One of the most famous uses of this motif that comes to my mind is the general configuration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum in New York.


I endeavor through this daily 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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