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Moods of my workroom books at midnight!

Moods of my workroom books at midnight (Valentin Mandache, Case de Epoca - Historic Houses of Romania)

Neo-Romanian style garden bench

Neo-Romanian style garden bench, late 1920s house, Cotroceni area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The Neo-Romanian style garden architecture is a bit of a Cinderella among the various design branches in which this order is expressed, although in my opinion is one of the most interesting offshoots of the Romanian national style. A good example in that regard is the garden bench presented in the image above, which I photographed in Cotroceni historic quarter of Bucharest during one of my recent architectural walking tours there. It is practically part of the building, enlivening its garden façade, linking seamlessly edifice and nature. The outlines of the bench are inspired from the shape of princely thrones found in the medieval Ottoman Balkan world. It is quite possible that the garden was also provided with a gazebo in the past decades, such as the one which I documented at this link, which presumably made that space a splendid green corner, so much in tone with the identity of old Bucharest.