Jan 222010

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A little further down the block lies another corner structure, equally interesting. This one is temporarily without a banner, but if you look closely you can spot the metal frame used for hanging the banners on the facade. Called SUN Apartment building, it was built in 1934 by architect Herman Clejan.

  8 Responses to “Bucharest’s between the wars architecture – Part 7”

  1. Sorry but I'm stuck on imaging what it looks like inside, too! Nice photo, Andreea! Bon weekend!

  2. Corner building are always interesting and this one surely has something peculiar. The banners mixed blessing is epidemic there!

  3. one thing i notice is that your roads have a wide space for cars to pass by.
    A very structured edifice, but pretty.
    it says there…"relax comfort suite", is it an expensive hotel or just average?

  4. Looks like many soviet era buildings I remember seing in Moscow. The funny thing is that I used to work for the company owning the Comfort Hotels and Suites, long time ago.

  5. They do not make them like that any more!

    I am curious about the banner. Was it used for communist era slogans? Does it not block out all the light in the apartments?

  6. AB: The banner is a new addition brought on by our new market economy 🙂 It doesn't block out all the light in the apartments (the material is somewhat transparent) but it does block out most of it. I've seen a few apartments that have an outside banner and in my opinion life looks pretty grey when you live in a place like that.

  7. But if this is 1934 its not a 'communist era' building – its Bucuresti as 'the Paris of the East' when men dressed properly and everyone tried to speak French – and build like August Perret et al !
    But someone told me the problem today is that when they were setting up the post communist planning system they forgot (didn't know about) advertisments and left them almost free of controls – is that so ?

  8. Anonymous: No, it's not a communist era building. The communists tried to copy these buildings but in my opinion came up a little short.

    I don't think they forgot about the advertisements; I remember reading in the papers a few times about attempts to pass a law to forbid them, but the first people that protested were the people who live in those apartments; that's because the advertising companies usually pays their utilities and that's a big help especially if we're talking about retired people. Since politicians don't want to be unpopular they "forgot" about this law.

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