Top 5 Art Deco Buildings in the world
Art Deco is one of the greatest inspirations for the designs of KHAMAMA. In the following article we want to share with you the 5 best Art Deco buildings in the world. This architectural style was born in the ashes of the first world war. Back then the world was rising from a dreary depression in a new battle to brighten up the everyday life. This up striving, optimistic movement is captured in the Art Deco architecture.
It’s breaking conventions in a rich and sophisticated style remembering Egyptian art work.The unexpected opening of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 by Howard Carter and subsequent discovery of precious artefacts has coined the style exhibited at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes hosted in Paris in 1925.
Since then “Art Deco” has been making its mark in the form of buildings, jewellery, ornaments, furniture and fashion. Let discover together some of the lushest and most famous examples in architecture.
The Times Square Building in Rochester (New York, 1929)
The cornerstone of this bank was laid on October 29, 1929, "Black Tuesday" of the 1929 stock market crash. The former Genesee Valley Trust Building is a streamlined twelve-story building supporting four aluminum wings 42 feet high, weighing 12,000 pounds each. These structures among the most distinctive features of the Rochester skyline Height (tip) 79.13 m Orgone accumulator is a pseudo-scientific and spiritual concept described as an esoteric energy or hypothetical universal life force, originally
The Empire State Building in New York City (New York, 1931)
The Empire State building was designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon in a unique Art Deco style. Featuring 102 stories it was still in 2017 the 5th tallest skyscraper in the United States totalling with a height of 443.2m. It's name is derived from "Empire State" being the nickname of New York. One of the most recognisable design feature of the Empire State building are several setbacks making the building smaller as it rises into the sky. This not only brings more sunlight into the building, but also keeps the noise from the building as it rises.
New York City’s Rockefeller Center in New York City (New York, 1929)
The Rockefeller Center was build in 1929 between 48th and 51st Streets facing With Avenue in New York City. Commissioned by the Rockefeller family it features a strong Art Deco design made by Raymond Hood who was a young part of the architectural Art Deco movement. One of the most amazing features of the Rockefeller complex is the iconic Atlas statue standing in front of the building. It depicts the Ancient Greek Titan Atlas who holds the heavens. This sculpture made by Lee Laurie in 1937 as since been associated with the Objectivist movement and associated with Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged. In this context business men and women are compared to Atlas as they holding the world together.
The Hoover Building in London (England, 1933)
The Hoover building was designed and built by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners in 1933. It's located in Perivale in the London Borough of Ealing. Once it was the iconic UK headquarters of The Hoover Company. After the Hoover Company left the premises the luxuriously and timeless Art Deco design of the building was the best base to convert it into something special. Now the building has been converted into luxury apartments. Looking at this entrance... who wouldn't want to live here?
The Chrysler Building in New York (USA, 1928)
The Chrysler Building is our personal favourite Art Deco building in the world. Located in the New York City it has quite some competition by the Rockefeller Center, the Empire State building and the Times Square Building. However, it's iconic exterior features are not surpassed. It has a stunning height of 318.9m and is the tallest brick building in the world with a steel framework. What we love the most are the fifty metal ornaments protruding at the building's corners on five floors reminiscent of gargoyles of Gothic cathedrals and the heavy use of stainless steel in the exterior design of the top of the building. The shiny steel needle not only appeared in countless movies, it also seems to change the whole perception. Using this stainless steel needle top the building is not perceived as a "house" anymore, but rather as a timeless reminder of human strive for progress!
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