Streamline Art Deco in Bucharest

A multitude of Bucharest’s buildings, erected in the 1930s decade, exhibit streamline, sinuous forms, seen in the shape of balconies, corners of an edifice, windows, marquises, etc. They are inspired mostly from nautical themes, this being the era of ocean liner travel and adventure, and an expression of the dynamism and confidence of that era. Their implementation in building design was made possible by the use of the reinforced concrete technology. The ocean liner theme became, in the decade before the Second World War, a favourite for Bucharest’s house designers and their clients, which is a very interesting aspiration to travel to exotic places via the ocean liner, transposed in architecture, for a town so far away from a seashore. The streamlining is linked in a large degree with the Art Deco style in Bucharest, and much less with the Moderne/ Modernism, as is the case over the Atlantic or in western Europe, where there is usually termed as “Streamline Moderne”. In this video I highlight the specificity of streamline – Art Deco affiliation of the architecture of this town.


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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One thought on “Streamline Art Deco in Bucharest

  • Art Deco is often said to be inspired by Ocean Liners, and other streamlined machines like trains and cars; Le Corbusier definitely was inspired by ocean liners, but more the mechanical details, like pipe-rail stairs and railings and lookouts, while his buildings were much more severe, minimalist. Horizontal streamlining became popular in the later 1930s, a change from the rectilinear and decorative Art Deco, but weren’t literally intended to look like an ocean liner.



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