This is Edificio Guahy, designed by Ricardo Buffa in 1932. This magnificent apartment building barely escaped demolition in 1995 but thankfully the new owners were not granted a permit and the building has now been restored.
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.
The stripes along the façade at street level extend from this amazing doorway.
The open section at the centre of the building feature lovely pointed balconies with matching, angled metalwork.
One of the problems of going to a World Congress on Art Deco is the difficulty to get clean photos of the buildings. There are so many other people wanting to have a look or take pictures that you have to be very patient to get that clear shot. Sometimes you end up with people in your photo.
photo courtesy of Peter Sheridan
That's me! Right in the middle of the doorway blocking my friend Peter Sheridan's shot. Still he was nice enough to sent it to me and it does serve as proof that I was there. Photos of me a very rare. And I think it was worth me blocking Peter's shot because shortly afterwards, this is what I ended up with.
Reference: Rio de Janeiro Art Deco, Márcio Roiter, Casa da Palavra, Rio de Janeiro, 2011
MELBOURNE ART DECO
In 2009 Robin Grow published a book on Melbourne Art Deco, with images largely supplied by David Thompson. The book quickly sold out and he is pleased to say that it has now been re-published by Brolga Press, with updates, errors corrected and a new cover.
Best of all, it is selling for about $25 in the shops and on-line. Art Deco & Modernism Society members can purchase a copy from me for $22, (includes postage within Australia). For overseas orders please email for postage rates. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested, and advise if you would like the book to be dedicated and/or signed.