Daily Picture 29-Dec-09: Inter-war Modernist Corner Building

Modernist syle residential corner building, built in late 1930s. Cotroceni area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

I took the photograph of the building above among the winter snows of December this year and found it a nice contrast to the local climate through its svelte Mediterranean looking international modernist style. It resembles the upper decks of an ocean liner and although that is a reminiscence of one of the most prescient Art Deco motifs, its simplified, essential lines are all too obvious in the vein of the modernist style. The inter-war architect was probably inspired by the Italian and French modernist schools of architecture, very influential in Romania of that period.

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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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