The rule of three that sees decorative elements repeating in groups of three throughout a building façade is commonly employed in Art Deco architecture and visual arts. It is inspired from ancient Egyptian art, in vogue during the roaring 1920s (see for example the huge cultural impact made in that period by the discovery of King Tut’s tomb), an important source for the Art Deco movement. The image above is an excellent example of Art Deco façade ornaments grouped according to the rule of three, boasted by a beautiful, but badly maintained building (owners replaced the original windows with cheap plastic frame double gazing ones) in central Bucharest. That is unfortunately the case with most historic houses in Romania’s capital suffering the consequences of an insensitive rapacious property development boom, which has at last started to unravel.
Thank you, Valentin Mandache