Dec 042009

Versiune în română

Back in September I’ve talked a bit about Magheru boulevard and its beautiful between the wars architecture. For those who enjoy seeing Modernist and Art Deco architecture this boulevard is a feast; most of the buildings that line it were built in the 20s and 30s. I’ll try showing here a few of the most notable examples. First one comes from Arghir Culina, the architect who designed the building from yesterday’s post. He also designed the building that is the subject of today’s photo, the 12 floors Ambasador Hotel, which was built between the years 1937-1938 and inaugurated in 1939. This hotel has an interesting U-shaped design with the upper floors receded.

And yes, you can also see here the ubiquitous cables 🙂

Dec 032009

Versiune în română

Let’s move from the French Renaissance palace to a modern office building. Today’s photograph shows part of a beautiful building located on Hristo Botev close to Rosetti Square. It was built as an office building during the years 1925-1928 by architect Arghir Culina. The owner of the building was the architect himself, Culina being also a successful entrepreneur.

Oct 092009

Versiune în română

I’ve already posted two examples (one and two) of Bucharest’s between the wars architecture. At that time the city was enjoying economic prosperity and new architectural ideas, like modernist and Art-Deco styles, were being promoted. Here are two more examples (in one photo) of Bucharest’s 1930s architecture; and this time the buildings have been renovated. To the left we have Hotel Stănescu (or Negoiu) and to the right Hotel Union. They were built in 1929-1931 after a design by architect Arghir Culina. They served as hotels until 1990 (if I’m not mistaken) and today they function as business centers. They are located at the intersection between Ion Câmpineanu Street and Academiei.