Tuschinski is a huge, Art Deco cinema palace located between the Muntplein Munt tower (near the world-famous flower market) and the Rembrandtplein. Walking around the flower market area, you should see two towers by Tuschinski rising above other buildings. Built by the polish immigrant Abraham Icek Tuschinski (1898-1942), the cinema opened in 1921 and it is still around today with its Art Deco interior one of the most intriguing buildings in Amsterdam.
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Tuschinski arrived in Rotterdam from Poland. Cinema was a new craze when he arrived and Tuschinski managed to open four cinemas in Rotterdam. In 1917, Tuschinski moved to Amsterdam, and a year later began the construction of the now world-famous cinema in Amsterdam at the time it cost around 4 million guilders.
The cinema is a mixture of Art Deco with the style of the Dutch Amsterdam School and some Art Nouveau mixed in for good measure. The original architect could not finish the building and Tuschinski fired him before the end of the construction, and two other architects ended up completing the interiors.
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Billed as “The home of London’s original Art Deco Tours” Yannick Pucci is a tour guide in London.
Combining his love of architecture and history, his ‘Art Deco’ tours explore the sophisticated glamour and severe functionality of the 1920s and 1930s design. His ‘Art Deco in Bloomsbury’ tour has been featured on a popular ‘Londonist Out Loud’ radio podcast with novelist N Quentin Woolf, and his ‘Art Deco in the Strand‘ tour has been mentioned on the ‘Vintage Guide to London’ website. The latest tour in this series, ‘Art Deco in the West End’, explores London’s Jazz Age heritage through the prism of the nascent automobile industry, modern(ist) retail spaces and iconic ‘Golden Age of Hollywood’-style cinemas.
Whilst the original palace was given to Edward II in 1305 by the Bishop of Durham, and used as a royal residence from the 14th to the 16th century, Eltham Palace is better known now for it’s most recent owners part of the Courtauld textile family.
In 1933, Stephen Courtauld and his wife Virginia Courtauld acquired the lease of the palace site and restored the Great Hall. They also did some modernising by building an elaborate new home which they decorated internally in the Art Deco style. The dramatic Entrance Hall was created by the Swedish designer Rolf Engströmer.
It’s August and it’s hot so one can’t help but think of sunnier climes and beaches. Art Deco enclaves around the world like Miami Beach and South Beach and Fort Lauderdale mean if you are interested in Art Deco you can incorporate your love of architecture with a holiday.
Now imagine if Du Cane Court had been built in South Beach Miami! Not only would there be more likelihood of every flat having a balcony but there is a possibility that instead of brick there would be painted plasterwork.
Imagine if they had painted Du Cane this colour! It would definitely be a tourist attraction.
The McDonald’s restaurant in Clifton Hill, Melbourne is quite possibly the most beautiful McDonald’s in the world. I’m not sure but perhaps we should have a poll? It’s certainly better than the Maccas on Balham High Road within walking distance of Du Cane Court anyway!
Even at night it looks amazing although a little garish with the McDonalds signage.
It has bands of different coloured bricks providing art deco style decoration on the ground floor. Check out some of these amazing pictures detailing the central stepped fin and curved wings with deep rounded balconies almost like Miami Beach and South Beach architecture of the time (which makes sense when you consider the climate). The windows overlooking the balconies are also curved.
Originally the building was quite fittingly for this website, the United Kingdom Hotel, located at 199 Queens Parade and designed by James Hastie Wardrop and constructed between 1937 and 1938.