Art Deco lightwell

Art Deco lightwell, mid 1930s apartment block, Dacia area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

This is a photograph taken during last Sunday’s architectural tour in Dacia area of Bucharest. It is the lightwell of pleasing to the eye proportions, of a modest apartment block dating from the Art Deco era. I like the contrast between its quite stern grey outlines and the blue of the sky, giving the impression of a time window, making a link between the Bucharest of eight decades ago and nowadays.


I endeavour through this series of periodic 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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2 thoughts on “Art Deco lightwell

  • The lightwell is terrific. But I need to know if there is glass over the top of the lightwell so that the space below can be used as a room all year. Or is it open to the elements, making the space below more like a courtyard?


    • Hello, thank you for your nice words! The lightwell is not glazed. It can be seen as a courtyard, although is quite small to have such a function. In my opinion, the 1930s architect used it primarily as a device to provide more light to what is there a high density development. Valentin



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