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date: 11 December 2019

Doicescu, Octavlocked

(b Brăila, Jan 8, 1902; d Bucharest, May 10, 1981).
  • Andrei Doicescu

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(b Brăila, Jan 8, 1902; d Bucharest, May 10, 1981).

Romanian architect, urban planner, theorist and teacher. He trained (1925–32) at the High School of Architecture and at the Academy of Fine Arts, Bucharest. In 1936–9 he was responsible for extensive development projects in Bucharest, including those for the integration into the city of such new areas as the Herastrau residential quarter, Baneasa housing estate and Cotroceni Avenue. He also contributed to the design of important buildings, such as the Village Museum (1936), and designed Mioritza Fountain, Mioritza Fountain Square (1936), all in Bucharest. In the late 1930s he travelled in Italy, particularly Tuscany, where he found affinities with his own approach to architecture in the restrained use of decoration to achieve natural light effects on surfaces, in the flat roofs and in the subtle handling of materials. Doicescu developed an architectural style characterized by simple volumes adapted to environmental and functional requirements, revealing a sensitivity in his use of materials and rejecting any artificial assimilation of the International Style or the highly decorative Byzantine Revival tradition in Romanian architecture. In ...

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