THE SPIRIT OF THE 1940'S
RESTRAINT. During the first half of the 1940s, World War II raged. After the end of the war in 1945, development accelerated, and a boom began. During the 1940s, urbanization began due to industrialization, which led to housing shortages in the cities.
THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE 1940'S
The 1940s is a decade in which architecture is strongly influenced by World War II. The war has made it difficult to obtain materials, and domestic woods such as birch and elm became easier to obtain and thus most common. The radical “Funkis” style is toned down and becomes less popular. One can sense a need for security and warmth during the uncertain war years and the warm material of wood took its place. The shapes are still cubic, simply designed and without decorations.
EXTERIOR DOORS 40'S
The entrance often has a concrete staircase and wrought iron railing. The front door is, as in the 30s, varnished or painted in brown or gray-blue. It often has a rectangular window in patterned glass and is covered with a thin oak panel. It is not entirely uncommon for the front door to have a double frame, with an inward door as extra protection from the weather outside. Doors are standardized and begin to be manufactured in a larger scale, which means that the exterior doors are largely the same throughout the country.
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