The Miami of India: Art Deco in Mumbai

The Miami of India: Art Deco in Mumbai

Aug 29, 2018 August 29, 2018

Did you know that Mumbai has the second largest number of surviving art deco buildings in the world after Miami? Nicknamed ‘Bombay Deco,’ the city’s distinctive art deco architecture is a blend of art deco with traditional Indian motifs, creating a distinctive local style. An ensemble of Bombay Deco buildings were recently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on June 30th 2018.

Check out these examples of Miami Art Deco buildings for a fun comparison with the Art Deco buildings of Mumbai. To view more, follow this link.

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Centered on the south side of the city, the art deco style blossomed after the first world war, when India was a part of the British Empire. Office buildings, apartment buildings, hotels and cinemas all display the distinctive style.

Both Mumbai, then known as Bombay, and Miami boomed in the 1930s, but for different reasons. Miami boomed as a seasonal tourist town. Art Deco hotels sprouted up, as well as apartment houses catering to tourists coming for the winter season. In Bombay, a middle class boom in the 1930s, as well as a cultural fascination with architectural modernity and progressive western ideas led to the boom in art deco.

Similarities in the art deco of both cities include the iconic frozen fountain motif, streamlining and rounded corners, nautically-inspired features, and tropical imagery, tailored to the subtropical climates of both cities.

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