Art Deco – Modernist street corner house

Art Deco - Modernist street corner house dating from the late 1930s, Foisorul de Foc area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

This is a good example of a optimally used limited plot of land situated on a street corner in a high population density area of inter-war Bucharest. The design of this Art Deco – Modernist apartment house manages to be airy and also well proportioned in this generally adverse urban set up. This is another proof of the talent and experience of the architects of that era, skills that have sadly been lost in large proportion in the last seven decades of communism and post-communist transition in Romania. I like the flag pole that also acts as an ornament for the top porthole window, the whole assembly giving an impression of an ocean liner steaming metaphorically its way through the immensity of the lower Danube prairie where Bucharest is located.

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I endeavour through this daily series of 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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2 comments on “Art Deco – Modernist street corner house

  1. This is a superb example of this sort of building and site situation. It would also be very interesting to see if there are any period photos,so it can be seen with the original rendering and window frames, and without satellite dishes etc!

    • Thank you for the comment! Most probably, some of the families living in that apartment house have among their heirlooms old photographs showing how the building used to look in the 1930s, ’40s and later. I found from other such instances that these people are a goldmine of absolutely fascinating stories about the architect and builders and other details of local history. VM

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