The dynamic development of Wroclaw at the turn of the XIXth and XXth century evolved in different directions, one of them was the expansion of buildings rents on the right side of the Odra river. The urban plans that were designed for this district in the 70s of the XIXth century caused that Wroclaw got a very colourful streets: Nowowiejska, Jedności Narodowej and Prusa.

In the intersection of Świętokrzyska and Prusa Street there is located one of the symbols of Wroclaw’s Art Nouveau. The tenement house was designed in 1902 by Wilhelm Heller. The owner of this tenement house was also an architect Bruno Löffelholz. The most characteristic feature of this building is a soft bow elevation curve. The second feature is the painted decoration in the cornice. In the original concept there could have been located the characters of half-naked women in relaxed pose but finally it was changed for the picture of sky with clouds under its ivy winds with solar shield in the centre.

This unique resignation of classic narrow in Wroclaw caused untypical solutions in the indoors. The staircase is located on the outer ends of the tenement house and the flats have the parabolic system of elevation – that’s why the front rooms have the trapeze shape.

Some elements of facade decoration evoke the projects of Hector Guimard a French architect, the precursor of Art Nouveau. His famous project is the entrance to Paris metro and tenement houses in the  rue La Fontaine.

Source: tuwroclaw

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