Apartment Building Near Torre de los Ingleses / Buenos Aires, Argentina
Art Deco is probably my favorite style of architecture. And what more beautiful place to experience it than in Buenos Aires - definitely one of my top favorite cities in the world. The early 20th century was a period of rapid growth for the city with the population jumping from 1.5 million inhabitants in 1914 to over 3.5 million in 1935. This growth stimulated new construction; much of it in the Art Deco style which was a popular international design movement from the mid-20's until about 1940. It affected not only architecture but also the visual arts such as fashion, painting, the graphic arts, and industrial design. And while many design movements have political or philosophical roots or intentions, Art Deco (for the most part) was purely decorative. It is considered a more eclectic, softer and stylish form of modernism; a period of forward-thinking experimentation which took place in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.