Anscombe Flats, Wellington

Curves galore on this pleasing apartment block

Located at 212 Oriental Parade, the Anscombe Flats were named for the prominent and prolific New Zealand architect Edmund Anscombe. He purchased the land in 1933, designed the building, and the apartments were completed in 1937. Anscombe planned to sell the apartments and live in the top floor penthouse. He lived there until he passed away in 1948 at age 78. A spectacular New Zealand example of Streamlined Moderne, it has curved corners and moulded window hoods at the front. A big thank you to Taika Kyriak for providing these photos.

Cream and light brown bands for colour
A right-hand side view

Rua Abade Faria 52, Lisbon

A modest stack of pleasing curves

We could certainly label this Lisbon apartment building as being Streamline Moderne with its racy, curving balconies. The street it is located on is named after a fascinating character known as Abade Faria, or Abbot Faria, born in 1756 in the Portuguese Indian colony of Goa as José Custódio de Faria. Aside from being a man of the cloth he was a revolutionary, and also one of the first to study hypnotism.

The building stands on a corner lot

Apartments (2), São Paulo

The pink place on the corner

Here are two Art Deco apartment blocks found in the older part of the city of São Paulo, Brazil. First, the pink one features continuous curving balconies and some nice fenestration to the right with coloured glass and porthole windows. The white building below is in Japantown in the Liberdade district, situated on Rua Galvão Bueno. It has curvy corners and balconies, and steps in gradually at the top.

Mixed commercial and residential

Apartment Block, Benghazi

The curved end and railings give it a nautical look

Libya’s second largest city, located on the eastern littoral, is Benghazi. After being under Turkish rule for a very long time it was invaded by colonial Italians in 1911. There was consistent resistance to the Italian rulers there until they were pushed out during WW2. As in other North African countries such as Eritrea, Mussolini’s architects introduced contemporary European styles to Benghazi, and there are still some Art Deco buildings there. One nice example is this curvy ten storey apartment block in the centre of the city. It steps in stylishly at the three top floors.

Apartments, São Paulo

Brilliant Art Deco in Brazil’s largest city

This is an interesting eight storey apartment block in central São Paulo. It has a variety of period details and features slot windows and curving balconies. The neighbouring building, visible on the right in the photo below, also has curving balconies, as well as porthole windows.

Curved balconies all round

Casual Hoteles, Valencia

A curving corner

This building sits on a corner lot with its main façade on Calle Barcelonina in the San Francisco area of Valencia. Its original name was the Martí Alegre building and it was designed by the architect Javier Goerlich Lleó. A ten-storey edifice, it was constructed from 1934-1941, and curves around the ground floor, and the six above it, then stepping in with those above. It later enjoyed the name of Hotel Londres for many years before becoming part of the Casual Hoteles group.

A close up of the upper façade

Cheviot Court, Durban

A variety of windows

Global Art Deco is pleased to have another guest post from the Durban Art Deco Society. Durban is South Africa’s third largest city and has many fine Art Deco buildings, including this one.

Cheviot Court, Durban
This is a striking six-storey apartment building in a prime location on the Berea Ridge, overlooking the city of Durban. Located at 676 Musgrave Road at the corner of Poynton Place, it was designed by architects W S Payne & E O Payne and constructed in 1934. The Streamline Moderne styling is evocative of the fast ocean liners, cars and aeroplanes so admired as the machine age took root in the 1930’s. The building is asymmetric, with large bay windows at right angles at the ends of each floor. A tower rises above the entrance canopy to a decorated flagpole on the skyline. Horizontal lines are created by window sills and eyeshades running the full length of the building on each floor. The entrance canopy is supported on curved-brick pillars, and leads to a simple foyer with zig-zag parquet flooring.

Photos and text © Durban Art Deco Society

Cheviot Court entrance
A view of the foyer

Hotel Mondego, Coimbra

Note the period typeface used for the name.

Coimbra is Portugal’s university city, and is found a little north of the centre of the country. The Hotel Mondego is situated on the Largo das Ameias in central Coimbra. It has a set of neatly curving balconies and railings on its upper façade.

Edificio Bororos, Sao Paulo

Edificio Bororos.

This is the Bororos Building, an Art Deco apartment block in the centre of the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Three storeys high it features a row of five horizontal bezels top centre, along with curving balconies with horozontal bar motifs. It was probably constructed in the 1930s.

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