Monday, January 16, 2017

1442. Aarhus Byraadssalen paa Raadhuset














Dear Louis,

"The fundamental factor in architecture is proportion.
Proportion is precisely what makes the old Greek temples
beautiful" (Arne Jacobsen)

Sincerely,
R

Friday, January 13, 2017

1441. Rest Home of Mivtahim. Zichron Yaaqov.















Dear David,

The jury members of the Israel Award declared that this building
provided a rare example of an architecture that synthesizes the
earth and the sky.

Peace,
R

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

1440. Casa d'abitazione Novo Comum, Como.















Dear Jan,

"Modernism took art and culture by the scruff of the neck
and revolutionized the built environment."
(Dennis Sharp)

Warm regards,
R

Monday, January 9, 2017

1439. Peter Stuyvesant School. The Netherlands Antilles.















Dear Jo,

"Only in the darkness can you see the stars"
(Martin Luther King Jr.)

Regards,
R

Friday, January 6, 2017

1438. Mäntyniemi, Helsinki, Finland
















Dear Osmo,

"My ideas do not progress: they move around like clouds over
the archipelago of the architectural ideas of modernism."
(Reima Pietilä)

Best,
R

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

1437. Falkoping, Centralstationen















Dear Erik,

"Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space"
(Ludwig Mies van der Rohe)

Best,
R

Monday, January 2, 2017

1436. Amsterdam. Amstelstation















Dear Teresa,

"Transparency is not the same as looking straight through a
building: it's not just a physical idea, it's also an intelectual
one" (Helmut Jahn)

Best regards,
R

Friday, December 30, 2016

1435. Academy of Science Building, Canberra, Australia















Querida Luisa,

"Tiende la belleza a la esfericidad"
(María Zambrano- Claros del bosque)

Besos,
R

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

1434. Torremolinos. Hotel Pez Espada
















Querido Alfredo,

"Málaga nos mira por el ojo egipcio de sus jábegas."
(Jean Cocteau)

...y gracias por tu interesante novela.

Saludos cordiales,
R


Monday, December 26, 2016

1433. Hotel DU LAC. Tunis
















Dear Louis,

This hotel building is been said to serve as the inpiration for
the sandcrawlers used by the jawas in the movie Star Wars
Episode IV, A New Hope that largely took place in Tunisia.
Nonetheless, the architect of this building, that it is now under
threat of demolition, was inspired by the Italian Pavilion at the
1954 Zagreb Fair.

Love,
R

Friday, December 23, 2016

1432. Edificio Inca. Guayaquil, Ecuador















Querido Antonio,

"Las formas y los colores nos acercan a la realidad"
(Karl Kohn Kagan)

Un abrazo,
R

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

1431. Africa Hall. Addis Ababa















Dear Gio,

"The truth is awaiting rediscovery" (Arturo Mezzedimi)

Ciao,
R

Monday, December 19, 2016

1430. Potsdam. Schloss Charlottenhof















Dear Jan

"The sole path to modern greatness lies in the study of the ancient"
(Karl Friedrich Schinkel)

Very best,
R

Friday, December 16, 2016

1429. Baia Mare. Palatul politico-administrativ
















Dear Maria,

"Light does not come from light, but from darkness"
(Mircea Eliade)

Best,
R

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

1428. Schiers. Salgina-Brucke
















Dear Corey,

This vintage picture postcard features the famous timber
scaffolding for the bridge. Richard Corey, the engineer who
devised it, miraculously survived a 35 meter fall while
surveying the construction site.

Warm regards,
R

Monday, December 12, 2016

1427. Water reservoir. Cherkasy, Ukraine
















Dear Rem,

"Vladimir Shukhov's technical ideas brought world's recognition
to the Russian school of engineering and stay actual to this day"

Sincerely,
R

Friday, December 9, 2016

1426. Mallorca. Illetas. Vista general
















Querida Pilar,

"El camino es siempre mejor que la posada"
(Miguel de Cervantes)

Besos,
R

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

1425. Dulles International Airport. Everything Hinges on Hager Here.














Dear Sam,

"The Agora should be no larger than the audible space of
a shout" (Aristotle)

Best,
R

Monday, December 5, 2016

1424. Glen Harder House after Julius Shulman





















Dear Glenn,

"The artist must have an unlimited capacity and range for feeling,
an insatiable curiosity and boundless enthusiasm" (Bruce Goff)

Best regards,
R

Friday, December 2, 2016

1423. Torino - Palazzo Uffici Lancia















Dear Vincenzo,

"Man cannot plan the world without designing himself"
(Rudolph Schwarz)

Regards,
R

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

1422. Edificio Telecom. Barranquilla, Colombia















Querido Rafa,

Bonita foto de los pocos edificios que se construyeron siguiendo
las recomendaciones marcadas en el plan de desarrollo urbano
encargado a Le Corbusier, Paul Lester Wiener y José Luís Sert.
Al fondo el soberbio Edificio Nacional de Leopoldo Rother
(1952) y en primer plano el no menos magnífico edificio de
Comunicaciones (Telecom) terminado en 1965 según los planos
del arquitecto local Manuel de Andreis.

Un abrazo,
R

Monday, November 28, 2016

1421. Vietnam, Dalat Market


Dear Christian,

"It is the city which should be judged though we, its children, 
must pay the price" (Lawrence Durrell, Justine)

Best,
R

Friday, November 25, 2016

1420. Jyväskylä Suomi Yliopisto















Dear José,

The picture shows a view of the foyer of the main building of
the Pedagogical Institute of Jyväskylä. This graceful space leads
visitors to the main auditorium and works as a public realm
thanks to its generous dimensions.

Regards,
R

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

1419. The roofless church. New Harmony, Indiana














Dear Alvaro,

"I wouldn't build a building if it wasn't of interest to me as a
potential work of art" (Philip Cortelyou Johnson)

Warm regards,
R

Monday, November 21, 2016

1418. Karlshamn Samrealskolan














Dear Colin,

...Words strain,
Crack and sometimes break, under the burden,
Under the tension, slip, slide, perish,
Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place

(T.S. Eliot, Tradition and the Individual Talent)

Regards,
R

Friday, November 18, 2016

1417. Hotelli Pohjanhovi, Rovaniemi





















Dear Erkki,

This is a vintage postcard featuring an interior view of the
original Pohjanhovi Hotel in Rovaniemi.  Bold forms while
coherent detailing were designed by architects Märta and Pauli
Blomsted. Unfortunately this building was destroyed during the
Second World War.

Sincerely,
R

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

1416. Bellevue Beach, Copenhagen















Querido Félix,

He aquí una postal antigua de la playa Bellavista, en el suburbio
de Klampenborg. Al fondo, algo eclipsado por el falso colorido
y la aparente alegría de los bañistas, se pueden ver los famosos
apartamentos Bellavista aún en construcción como se puede ver
por la presencia de los andamios en el edificio más cercano.
Más allá y a la derecha, se aprecia el restaurante y el teatro.

Afectuosamente,
R

Monday, November 14, 2016

1415. Stuttgart, Schocken














Querido abuelo,

Hace 8 años te mandé a través de éste blog una postal con ésta
misma imagen pero en blanco y negro. La postal de la que te
hablo es la número 3 de ésta colección, ya casi interminable.
Me gustó mucho encontrar ésta otra coloreada y no dudé en
comprala para mandártela como siempre hago que encuentro
una que muestre un edificio de Erich Mendelsohn.

Te quiero y te sigo echando de menos.
R

Friday, November 11, 2016

1414. Tekniska Höskolan i Stockholm, Flygfoto














Dear Ingrid,

The building enclosed within the red circle is the original Students
Union at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
This building, named by students as Nymble, was designed by
Sven Markelius and Uno Åhrén, and is one of the first modernist
buildings ever built in Sweden.

Sincerely,
R

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

1413. Zaragoza. Edificio de Juzgados

























Querido Iñaki,

"Como en las ciencias exactas, una definición operativa es
más cierta; una definición operativa a través del conjunto de
problemas de la arquitectura y de los de su enseñanza"
(Alejandro de la Sota)

Saludos,
R

PS. Encerrado en el círculo rojo el Edificio de Juzgados de
Zaragoza, obra de Alejandro de la Sota


Monday, November 7, 2016

1412. Heizhaus un Glashaus am Goetheanum
















Dear Maggie,

A view of the Goetheanum building complex's boiler room and a
thought by Rudolph Steiner, his architect:
"You have no idea how unimportant is all that the teacher says or
does not say on the surface, and how important what he himself is
as a teacher"

Cheers.
R

Friday, November 4, 2016

1411. Motel Xenia, Larissa.
















Dear Sam,

"True architecture, like any true art, must be indigenous,
not international" (Aris Konstantinidis)

Best,
R

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

1410. Brasilia. Palacio da Alvorada.














Querida Emilia,

"En la obra de Oscar Niemeyer esa especie de experimentación,
-la questión del hormigón, de las formas, de la cristalografía, de
esa posibilidad para el hombre de construir sus propias rocas- es
un discurso" (Paulo Mendes da Rocha)

Saludos,
R

Monday, October 31, 2016

1409. Volksschule Darmstadt (unbuilt)
















Dear Martin,

"Humans are intruders and not part of this world. Their way of
being in the world is not to dwell in it, but to seek wellbeing in it"

(José Ortega y Gasset)

Best wishes,
R

Friday, October 28, 2016

1408. Pabellón de la Navegación, Sevilla















Querido Manolo,

"Otro rasgo característico de la obra de Vázquez Consuegra es
su maestría y sensibilidad al contraponer horizontales y verticales,
macizos y huecos, elementos metálicos esbeltísimos y obra vista
recia o estucados austeros" (Peter Buchanan)

Un abrazo,
R

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

1407. IBM Thomas J. Watson research Center















Dear Juan,

...the scientist's venture into the unknown.

L
R