Lurking behind this facade

Reposting to correct and clarify.

Architecture Here and There

Old facade of a new business in Bucharest. ( Old facade of a new business in Bucharest. (

Behind this stern but elegant classical façade – in Bucharest! – lurks one of the most astonishing and effective mixtures of the old and the new that I have ever seen. And the fact that it is a bookstore, restored to its former dignity after being confiscated by Romania’s communist regime, tops all things. Open the link to the new Carturesti (Carousel of Light) Bookstore. The interior design is by Square One, of Romania, most of whose work, aside from this one project, stinks of the usual orthodoxy. Tell me if you agree that this fine-grained contemporary treatment of a classical interior meets with your approval, and whether it embraces the aesthetic criteria of rhythmic complexity that I have long considered a requirement for modernism to fit with coherence into a traditional setting (interior or exterior). Most attempts to…

View original post 279 more words

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Lurking behind this facade

  1. Anonymous says:

    Very elegant reuse and renovation


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s