Daily Picture 27-Dec-09: Art Deco Geometrics

A late 1930s built house displaying a wonderful Art Deco geometrics of crisp intertwining defining outlines. Icoanei area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

I very much enjoy the harmonious display of straight lines gathered within the geometrics that define the Art Deco – modernist style of the above building, which I photographed a few day ago in the architecturally mixed area of Icoanei in Bucharest. The architect of that period managed to negotiate the odd shape of the plot on which the building sits, with a difficult obtuse angle on the street corner. The house staircase tower sits on that corner and through the artful play of the geometrics afforded by the Art Deco and modernist style registers, the designer found a wonderful solution of combining straight lines and volumes, which is even more admirable as that was achieved before the era of computer aided design, only with the ruler and compass on a piece of paper.

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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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