In June 2015, the huge restoration project of the Villa Cavrois, a true French Art Deco architectural treasure listed as a historic monument in 1990 thank to citizen mobilisation and acquired by the State in 2001, has finally been completed.Continue
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Sad News for Atompunks everywhere: the glorious Googie-style Pan Am Worldport(TM) terminal at JFK International Airport in New York is being demolished.
Despite a monumental effort by conservationists and enthusiasts, the UFO-like Space Age terminal is…Continue
The Japan Times has announced the existence of 6 aerial pictures of Tokyo before the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. These were found in the collection of an anonymous private collector (I have no idea why they have only just been publicized) and were taken by pilots of the Ito Hikoki Kenkyujo (Ito Airplane Research Institute).
Unfortunately, only one of them…Continue
To tell you the truth, I could post this entry three years ago. But I've been posting everything else. Why?
With so many Americans in our community (including at least half a dozen Cleveland citizens), who am I to tell about this Diesel Era marvel? Alas, those who see the tower every day do not feel like telling about it. And yours…Continue
While viewing London on Google,especially the area where the Olympics are,I found a rather interesting building. Now called the Warton House Office Centre, it's the old Yardley Fragrences building.Notice in the pictures the Lavander Girls logo on the front of the building
It seems to be getting a new lease on life due to the Olympics,good show London.Continue
I'm sure the building looks familiar to a lot of our friends, especially in Europe. But I've just found a good reason to show it here.
After an obligatory night shot (by christoph_bellin @ Flickr), a bit of info.…Continue
Welcome to the Tuschinski movie theater in Amsterdam. This spectacular cinema was opened in 1921 by Abraham Icek Tuschinski. The architectoral style is predominently Art Deco but architect Hijman Louis de Jong also integrated many other styles. The main auditorium was originally not designed just as a movie theater and features a stage and organ, on…Continue
The Netherlands are a tiny, yet densly populated country. However, there are also some remote places. One is the so-called “Veluwe” area in the East of the country. It was there, in the midst of nothing more than woods, heather and strange in-land sand dunes, close to the town of Apeldoorn, that in 1918 the construction of a massive structure was started, the so-called “Radio Kootwijk”.
An illustration by Dutch…Continue
21st century online banking may have its advantages. But doing your transactions from the lazy couch with an iPad on your knees can of course not replace the stylish atmosphere of a proper bank building. Especially if it is the Postal Savings Bank in Vienna by Otto Wagner with its Dieselpunk features (have a look on those heating pipe exhausts).
Otto Wagner’s Postal Savings Bank is one of the earliest buildings marking the move away from Art Nouveau and Neoclassicism. It…Continue
Jože Plečnik (1872-1957) created a unique architectural style, mixing Baroque and Secession, Classicism and Modernism.
His legacy belongs to Vienna, Prague and Ljubliana. In an alternate universe where the Austro-Hungarian Empire hasn't collapsed in 1918, he could be the Chief Architect of His Imperial and Royal Majesty. Instead, he helped to shape the…Continue
100 years ago, in September 1911, the city of Hamburg (Germany) opened a 426 meter long tunnel underneath the river Elbe. The tunnel is still in use today. It’s special feature is that there are no ramps leading into it, but vertical shafts with lifts. This creates a very special feeling of “no light at the end of the tunnel".
The tunnel took six years to design and four years to build. It costed 10 million Goldmark. In 1923, the record year, the Elbtunnel was used by 19 million…Continue
A sneak peek of the inside of the previously seen Obedience building :
World of Darkness: Gotham is an oWoD free web-based chat RPG featuring Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, and Mage: The Ascension. You can check out the project at the following links:…Continue
... and thank you, everybody, for all the kind words about the Tycoon picture.
Architect Willem Marinus Dudok (1884-1974) designed the town hall of Hilversum in 1924. It was built from 1928 and opened in 1931. It is considered his most important work (more on Dudok here).
For more than two years, we all but ignored an event of tremendous significance. It's time to mend our ways.
A quote from The Art Deco Exposition by Arthur Chandler: "The Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes was supposed to bring together the…Continue
Hello, there's a postcard to let you know: "This is more than a pleasure trip - it is a voyage into new world!"
The poster is published by Intourist, a very special company established by the Soviet government in 1929. It was responsible for managing the great majority of foreigners' access to, and travel within, the Soviet Union. Intourist grew into one of the largest…Continue
Of all 1920s buildings this is the most surprising:
It was designed by Peter Behrens (1868 - 1940) - an influential, multi-faceted and controversial figure often called "the father of modern design". He worked in different styles, from sheer Neo-Classicism to laconic Modernism. One of the Werkbund founders, Behrens took part in collective projects as diverse as the…Continue
In the Diesel Era, movie theaters (usually called "cinemas" in Britain) had an enormous added value. This value was aesthetics.
These buildings were the flagships of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne. Their common idea was to attract the visitor and to impress him (or her) all the way from box office to auditorium. There is a photostream on Flickr called…Continue