Early 1930s Art Deco Courtyard Gate

Art Deco gate embellishing the courtyard of an early 1930s block of flats building. Batiste area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The gate in the image above gives access to the courtyard of an ingeniously designed Art Deco style block of flats that had to make use of a limited size plot of land in central Bucharest. It thus managed to provide a small courtyard in a high density area, an Art Deco style speciality. The building surrounds the courtyard on three sides, having round corners at the bottom, an interesting design solution soothing the harsh rectangular shapes normally associated with a block of flats building. I very much like how the rounded corners of the courtyard are emulated by the curvatures of the side ornamental wings of this well proportioned and attractive Art Deco gate.

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I endeavor through this daily series of daily articles to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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