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Art Deco/Moderne Buildings, Helsinki

Rex Bio, an Art Deco/Moderne shop, Helsinki city centre:-

Art Deco/Moderne Shop, Helsinki

This building, complete with horizontals, verticals, curved wall and flat roofs was on the way out to the Sibelius Monument:-

Art Deco/Moderne Building, Helsinki

Note window column:-

Helsinki, Art Deco/Moderne

Decoration on flag pole seating:-

Helsinki, Art Deco/Moderne Building

Helsinki, Finland

Next stop after St Petersburg was Helsinki, capital of Finland.

A lot of the buidings in the city centre are in the Art Nouveau style. These are the ones I photographed on the way to the Sibelius Monument.

Art Nouveau Building, Helsinki

Helsinki, Art Nouveau Building

Yellow Art Nouveau Building, Helsinki

Another Art Nouveau Building, Helsinki

The one in the centre here shades into Art Deco in the windows:-

Art Nouveau/Art Deco  Building, Helsinki

Note the giraffe figures on the balcony here:-

Giraffes In Helsinki

I have absolutely no idea what these were about:-

Giraffes in Helsinki, Close-up

Modern Architecture, St Petersburg

The view from the MS Magellan’s bow in dock at St Petersburg. New building construction with bridge behind:

A Bridge in St Petersburg

The view towards the city. Flats. We were told most Russians live in flats. All sorts of folks in similar flats in the same block. Only the insides would let you know how well off anyone is:-

Flats, St Petersburg

Gazprom Tower:-

Gazprom Tower, St Petersburg

This breaks the height restriction on buidlngs in St Petersburg. They let it go because it was way out of town and, well, Gazprom. Closer view:-

Gazprom Tower, St Petersburg

Krestovsky Stadium, or Zenit Arena, home of Zenit St Petersburg FC. This was a venue for games at the 2018 Football World Cup. Modern bridge in front with cruise terminal building in foreground:-

Bridge and St Petersburg Stadium

This was the nearest thing I saw in St Petersburg to an Art Deco building:-

A Decoish Building, St Petersburg

Peter the Great statue, photographed through coach windows so the statue is difficult to make out; a modern building behind.

Peter the Great Statue, in St Petersburg

Kurhaus, Warnemünde

Not the Kurhaus just off the beach but one more in the town.

(According to Warnemünde‘s Wiki page on which there is a cracking photograph of the building, Kurhaus = Spa House.)

Everything about this building is stunning and screams Deco. Streamlining, rule of three in columns by the door and lower windows, triangular glazed projection, brickwork, canopies, rounded corner.

Kurhaus, Warnemünde

The entrance looks like it could be an Art Deco cinema. Streamlining, rule of three in columns by the door and lower windows, triangular glazed projection, brickwork, canopies, rounded corners:-

Entrance Kurhaus, Warnemünde

Corner View, Kurhaus, Warnemünde

Opposite Corner View, Kurhaus, Warnemünde. Again, as on the beach, Wellenrausch Restaurant and Cafe. Kurhaus. Paulo Scutaro Ristorante. Hellas Greichische Gastlichnet:-

Opposite Corner View, Kurhaus, Warnemünde

Side of Kurhaus. Note lamp standards:-

Side, Kurhaus, Warnemünde

Lamp standard and bandstand to rear of Kurhaus. Also scuplture of female in background:-

Lamp Standard and Bandstand to rear of Kurhaus, Warnemünde

Kurhaus from rear:-

Kurhaus, Warnemünde from Rear

Art Deco in Warnemünde

There was quite a lot of Deco style (certainly Moderne style) in Warnemünde. Most of it is of relatively recent construction though.

This was directly across the River Warnow from the ship’s berth. Loads of horizontals and verticals, then there are those semi-circular projections at the entrance:-

Art Deco in Warnemünde

From beach. Wellenrausch Restaurant and Cafe. Kurhaus. Paulo Scutaro Ristorante. Hellas Greichische Gastlichnet. Rule of three in windows, canopies, rounded ends.

Warnemünde, Modern Art Deco

This also fronted (backed?) onto the beach:-

deco , Warnemunde, Germany

Seebad, Eines der schönsten erholungsgeblete der Ostsee, (one of the most beautiful relaxation spots on the Baltic Sea.) Sweeping curves, plus horizontals and rule of three in windows:-

Seebar, Art Deco Style in Warnemünde

On the walk back to town there was this shop. Meermode (Sea Fashion):-

Warnemünde, Art Deco Style

Art Deco Style, Warnemünde

More Modern Warnemünde

Rooftop garden:-

Rooftop Garden, Warnemünde

Close-up on rooftop plants:-

Warnemünde, Close-up on Rooftop Garden

Deco-ish style house. It’s mainly the rounded bay window, here:-

Decoish House, Warnemünde

Civic planting:-

planting in Warnemunde, Germany

Planting, Warnemünde

Warnemünde, Planting

planting in Warnemunde, Germany

Just at the ship’s de-embarkation point there was an exhibition of sand sculptures, Sand Welt (Sand World):-

Sand Welt (Sand World) Sculpture, Warnemünde

By Susanne Ruseler, The Netherlands:-

Warnemünde, Sand Sculpture

By Andrius Petkus, Lithuania:-

Sand Sculpture, Warnemünde

Detail:-

Detail, Sand Sculpture, Warnemünde

S S Magellan at Warnemünde. Ferry across River Warnow in foreground:-

Magellan at Warnemünde

Verdant Works, Dundee

The Verdant Works Dundee is a museum of the city’s heritage of jute production, housed in a former jute mill. It’s somewhere we had meant to visit for a while but when we’re in Dundee we’re usually busy doing something else or going on somewhere else. The cruise ship docking there gave us the opportunity to pop in for a look.

The guide was a former jute worker who operated all the machinery for us. The noise of each one was very loud. Considering that the machines are only third-size it made you realise what a cacophony the real environment with twenty or more carding, rolling, spinning etc machines on the go must have been. Many people went deaf.

Jute bales:-

Jute Bales, Verdant Works, Dundee

Interior from upper floor:-

Interior, Verdant Works, Dundee

Verdant Works ceiling:-

Verdant Works, Dundee, Ceiling

Upper floor and ceiling. The wood is lovely:-

Ceiling, Verdant Works, Dundee

Beam engine which used to power the machines:-

Beam Engine, Verdant Works, Dundee

Photo in the Verdant Works of the Art Deco Taybank Jute Works, Dundee, Spinning Department, opened 1949. I have photographed this building myself in 2009.

Taybank Jute Works, Dundee

More Art Deco Style in Rochdale

In November 2018 we visited Rochdale for the second time.

I photographed two more Deco style buildings.

Former King’s Cinema later converted to Bingo but that has also closed and the building is now in a sad state of neglect:-

Art Deco Style Former Cinema, Rochdale

Former King's Cinema, Rochdale

Spotland Bridge. The unusual roofline, projecting beyond the slope of the roof, gives it the deco look:-

Spotland Bridge, Rochdale

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 44 (iii): Montrose, Union Place

A thirties pair of semi-detacheds near to Links Park. Pity its windows have been replaced. Typical 1930s style otherwise.

Art Deco Semis, Montrose

Frontage:-

Front of Art Deco Semis, Montrose

From left:-

Art Deco, Montrose

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 62: Turriff

Turriff is a town in Aberdeenshire. We passed through it on our trip up north in October 2018 and stopped for a look around.

There were two buildings which had aspects of Art Deco.

Turriff Fish Shop/Bliss Gift & Flower Boutique. Horizontals, verticals, rule of three in windows. Decoration just below roof line:-

Art Deco Style, Turriff, Aberdeenshire

A much more borderline case. Grant Smith law practice. This may once have been a bank. It has that look:-

Leanings to Art Deco, Turriff

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