There is so much to be appreciated when it comes to art deco. This includes its history, heritage, artists and styles. The different styles are what makes this art form so intriguing.
Not Just One
What many people find interesting is that art deco is not comprised of just one style but is usually a composition of many.
Birth of the Styles
Art deco styles in architecture became evident when the designers of buildings took a reaction that opposed Art Nouveau. This was a prominent style that existed between 1895 and 1900. Then it was overtaken by Beaux-Arts along with what became known as neoclassical.
With Queensland having a history of devastating weather, many buildings over time were destroyed. However, this opened up new opportunities for introducing distinct art deco styles. A prime example of this was the building of new town centres such as MacKay and Innisfail, all of which took place between the 1920 and 30s.
The Influence of Materials
With new materials becoming available and replacing some of the old ones, it created a necessity for coming up with new styles. Building styles using materials that would be able to withstand the cyclones became a priority. With the cost of new materials, this played right into the characteristics that art deco was recognized for, which was wealth. Within the centre of towns eventually, there was a collection of about 14 art deco buildings that were situated around various streets throughout North Queensland.
One of the additions to the raw design of art deco buildings is the extras or the embellishments. These were usually extremely expensive and were reserved for most visible areas. The lines of the structures were something where a great deal of thought was given. Although public buildings were given the most attention, art deco styles did move into residential builds to some degree.