Examples of Art Deco in Architecture
The artistic/architectural era called art deco evolved from France after WWI. Technological advancements brought the demand for fast production where art deco became suitable. Art deco resembled luxury, and forward thinking. Bold shapes, colors, and intricate straight lines encase the art deco style. I hope for a revival of art deco because it is so eclectic and classy.
The Great Gatsby Movie/Book Architecture – Takes place in the roaring 20’s when art deco was starting to emerge, right after WWI. The movie poster for The Great Gatsby is a perfect example of art deco with gold intricate lines. It looks almost futuristic, yet it resembles a period almost 100 years ago.
The Chrysler Building – Is an icon for New York’s architecture. Built by William Van Alen in 1928 the prime of the art deco movement. Everyone admires the iconic ornamental structure on the top of the building. The circular metal with triangular patterns is so abstract yet it works together and creates perfect harmony and beauty.
The Empire State Building – You can not mention the Chrysler Building without mentioning the Empire State Building also in New York. Construction started in 1929, and was the tallest building until the World Trade Center was built in 1970. Architect: Shreve, Lamb and Harmon. The Empire State Building is typically viewed as America’s Icon. It has even been considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Also in 2007, it was ranked number one on the List of America’s Favorite Architecture according to the AIA. At one point in my life I considered it to be my favorite building of all time, checking out books specifically about the building. (Images are from Wikipedia.org)