Bucharest’s courtyards are little-known, eclectic, architectural wonders

Bucharest’s courtyards are little-known, eclectic, architectural wonders

6 February 2020

Instagram account @curtiprinbucuresti opens up the diverse and multi-faceted courtyards of Bucharest to the world beyond the Romanian capital.

Bearing witness to the city’s quotidian life and rich architectural history, these in-between spaces connect a variety of buildings, ranging from 19th century villas and 1930s modernist buildings to socialist tower blocks and their modern day counterparts.

Curated by architect Andreea Boldojar as part of her doctoral research project, @curtiprinbucuresti posts both photos and architectural drawings of the city’s courtyards.

Images include the 19th century steel gates and orderly Hausmannian spaces which earned Bucharest its nickname as “the Paris of the East”.

While many of the courtyards remain shabby and are in desperate need of care, some, like the 19th century inn pictured below, have been (expensively) restored.

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