Bucharest Art Deco Doorway of Elemental Design

Mid-1930s Art Deco style doorway, Cismigiu Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Today being my birthday I would like to present one of my favourite architectural subject images. It is a Bucharest Art Deco style doorway, dating from mid-1930s, of a quite elemental design, which suggests the ziggurat outlines of the tall buildings of that era. I very much like its balanced triptych division and the sets of three svelte vertical bars of different length that form its decorative register, all conforming to the Art Deco “rule of three” inspired from the ancient Egyptian mythology. I think that the main reason why I appreciate so much this design is probably because in some ways it reflects my “cartesian”-inclined character and also my educational background that spans from engineering to economics and architectural history.

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I endeavor through this daily series of images and small 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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