Daily Picture 29-Oct-09: Slender Neo-Romanian Style House

Neo-Romanian style, Bucharest(©Valentin Mandache)

A slender example of Neo-Romanian style house, Dorobanti area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The usual appearance of a Neo-Romanian style house is that of a heavy citadel like structure, inspired from the fortified late medieval houses and monasteries of South West Romania. The photograph shows a somehow slender example of such structure, part of a trend toward a lighter and more fluid design for this style that emerged in late 1930s Romania. The subsequent war and installation of the communist regime in the country put an abrupt end to the Neo-Romanian style in architecture and all of its interesting experimentation as the trend highlighted in the above example, inaugurating a new long era of modernist brutalistm in architectural design.

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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