Friday, September 30, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Durban Deco Directory
Monday, September 26, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
No doubt you are wondering what this has to do with Art Deco, especially since the Town Hall is very clearly a Victorian building, designed by J J Wild and constructed in 1882. However in the late 1930s, the then Port Melbourne City Engineer, Fred Cook, redesigned the auditorium and Council Chamber in Art Deco style.Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
An article in the Hobart Mercury newspaper from September 23, 1937 referring to the plans described the new school as follows.
Architecturally the building has been designed in a modern style, with a tower at the corner as its dominant feature. The tall glass brick panel in the tower will offer a pleasing contrast to the marked horizontality of the class and cloak rooms.
PLAN OF CAMPBELL TOWN SCHOOL. (1937, September 23). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article29198046
NEW SCHOOL. (1938, June 22). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article25479858
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The Golf Links estate in the Melbourne suburb of Camberwell offers a wonderful variety of interwar house designs. I've written about several Golf Link houses previously and this is another example.
The main design feature are the crazy brick patterns arranged in large semi-circular panels above each of the ground floor windows but I think the most interesting aspect of the decoration is the arrangements of bricks on the gable end of the house.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Next door to the Audley Building in Portland, the subject of yesterday's post, is this corner building.
The corner building has been rendered but still uses the thin dark brown bricks as decoration. A line arranged vertically form the roofline. Two dark bands then ring the building high up on the façade and those same coloured bricks form the columns between the windows.
An extra bonus is the square tower on the actual corner of the building. Like the rest of the façade, the tower has two bands around the top but also has a series of stepped triangle motifs along each side. It also has a squat flag pole, a deco staple.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Audley Building in western Victoria town of Portland is a long horizontal cream brick building that uses thin brown bricks to provide minimal decoration.
Each of the windows is surrounded by a dark border while two dark bands link all but the central two openings which sit on a portion of the façade jutting out towards the street.
That central section also features a thick vertical bar of dark brick running up to two horizontal bands much higher up the façade than those at window level. This arrangement providing a platform for the name of the building.
Friday, September 16, 2011
The Albion was one of the buildings spotlighted during the Albury - Delightfully Deco exhibition programme and I think it looked pretty in pink.
Albury Interwar Heritage Walk, Art Deco & Modernism Society, 2010
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The main features of the building are crystalline forms of the façade. They can clearly be seen below the second storey windows and at the roof line.
Rio de Janeiro Art Deco, Márcio Roiter, Casa da Palavra, Rio de Janeiro, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
The beautiful sky and bright sunline help, of course, but look at the range of decorative lines and angles.
The 'V' in the roofline at is very interesting and offers a contrast to the flat section of the extension at the rear.
Red lines above and below the windows in the front (older?) section and overlapping horizontal lines and bands on the rear section.
Look at the balconies. A small square balcony on the side and a rounded one on the corner at the front.
An interesting combination.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I like these apartments in São Paulo because, to me, they show the process of, if not gentrification, then certainly maintenance and restoration of older buildings. Both good and bad aspects.
One of the obvious signs are the partial paint job yet there is no sign of paint or scaffolding or other materials to complete the job. Also some of the balconies have been enclosed which I personally think is a shame but then I don't live in an apartment block.
A less obvious sign of the possibly gentrification is the footpath in front of the building. It appears to me that individual buildings in Brazilian cities are responsible for their part of the footpath so you can get variations such as we see here.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Ottawa Tour Guide Book, Montreal World Congress on Art Deco
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The roofline of the Mansions Hotel is Kings Cross, Sydney is a wonderful confection of rectangles and curves.
The circular tower right on top of the building with a vertical arrow slit is an interesting feature and it is lovely to see the top balconies still open.
And note the typical use of glass bricks arranged in a vertical panel stretching most of the height of the building, presumably to provide light for the stairwell.
Monday, September 5, 2011
I wrote about the Coliseum Cinema, in Porthmadog, Wales in June 2008.
It is a lovely little Art Deco cinema dating from 1931 and hosted sessions of the daily rushes of the TV series The Prisoner in the 1960s.
In 1983, the cinema was faced with closure and locals united to keep this wonderful community asset open.
Alas there are now new moves to close the Coliseum and, again, the local community is looking for support to help save it.
Please visit the Save the Coliseum website to sign the online petition, make a donation or send a letter of support.