Monday, June 26, 2017

1511. Mount Angel Abbey Library. St. Benedict, Oregon















Dear Jeremy,

" Listen readily to holy reading"
(Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 4)

Respectfully,
R

Friday, June 23, 2017

1510. Stockholm. Observatoriet och Stadsbiblioteket. Flygfoto














Mamá,

En pocos días estaremos en Estocolmo, Entre otras cosas
iremos a ver la famosa biblioteca de Asplund.
Espero que te guste. Se inauguró el mismo año que papá
nació. Será especial.

Besos,
R

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

1509. Convento de San Pedro Martir, Madrid





















Querido cura Miguel,

"La iglesia es un aire sagrado creado por formas, símbolos,
dimensiones y orientación de la luz"
(Miguel Fisac)

Un abrazo,
R

Monday, June 19, 2017

1508. Lambert. St. Louis Municipal Air Terminal















Dear Eero,

"Man needs a serene architectural background to save his sanity
in today's world" (Minoru Yamasaki)

Sincerely,
R

Friday, June 16, 2017

1507. Brasilia, Cathedral





















Dear Nuno,

(...)
De curvas é feito todo o Universo.
O universo curvo de Einstein.
(Oscar Niemeyer)

Sincerely,
R

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

1506. Viipurin Kirjasto. Vyborg Library















Dear Michael,

"I love your pre-ordained design
and am ready to play this role
but the play being acted is not mine
For this once let me go."

(Boris Pasternak-Hamlet)

Sincerely,
R

Monday, June 12, 2017

1505. Kokkola, Uusi Kirkko





















Querida Rosa,

"...y hacen casas nuevas y canciones nuevas."
(Federico García Lorca-Doña Rosita la soltera)

Besos,
R

Friday, June 9, 2017

1504. Restaurante El Diablo, Timanfaya, Lanzarote
















Queridos Joaquín, Manolo y Alfredo,

"El mayor negocio de un país es su educación"
(César Manrique)

R

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

1503. Burton Barr Central Library, Phoenix AZ





















Dear Ken,

"Architecture goes from mind to heart to hand; it's a very direct
process. With or without digital technology, the starting point is
always the same." (Will Bruder)

Best,
R

Monday, June 5, 2017

1502. Estación terminal de viajeros Madrid-Chamartín















Dear Joel,

"The designing and building process should progress from
the inside to the outside of the building. This is more logical
and rigourous than the opposite direction. Form is the
consequence" (José Antonio Corrales)

Best,
R

Friday, June 2, 2017

1501.The Wedding Palace, Ulan Bator, Mongolia

















Dear Jennifer,

"Keep it in mind and it is sure to come,
take it slow and you are certain to reach"
(Mongolian Proverb)

Best regards,
R

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

1500. Farmers' Hall, Accra














Dear Hassan,

"By going and coming, a bird weaves its nest"
(Ghanaian Proverb)

Best,
R

Monday, May 29, 2017

1499. Pirámide de la Libertad. Frontera Franco-Española
















Querido Juan,

"La arquitectura me ha servido como lectura del mundo"
(Ricardo Bofill)

Un abrazo,
R

Friday, May 26, 2017

1498. Maastricht Bonnefantenmuseum
















Dear Francesco,

"The city is the locus of the collective memory"
(Aldo Rossi)

Regards,
R

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

1497. Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago





















Querido Paco,

Paseando por el campus del IIT. Mies sigue estando por todos
lados. En esta postal antigua que encontré se ven a la izquierda
el Wishnick Hall (originalmente Chemistry Bldg.) y a la derecha
algo más lejano el Perlstein Hall (Metallurgy and Chemical
Engineering originalmente). Ambos edificios datan de 1947.

Un abrazo,
R

Monday, May 22, 2017

1496. Beograd. Museum of Contemporary Art.















Mamá,

"...hermosas vasijas serbias, de esas que iremos a buscar en lo
alto del Balcán, hacia Knajewatz."
(Le Corbusier, El Viaje de Oriente)

Besos,
R

Friday, May 19, 2017

1495. College of Nursing, Helsinki














Dear Paul,

"La mayor libertad nace del mayor rigor" (Eupalinos de Megara)

Atentamente,
R

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

1494. Berlin, Postdamer Platz avec la nouveau building Columbus





















Abuelo,

Me encontré ésta postal publicitaria de la casa Peugeot que
data de los años 1930s. Muestra la Columbushaus como marco
arquitectónico ideal para reafirmar la modernidad y el
dinamismo de la moto marca Peugeot aparcada cerca del edificio.

Un abrazo,
R

Monday, May 15, 2017

1493. Botines, de Gaudí. León





















Querida Cristina,

Cuando la estatua de San Jorge aniquilando el
dragón, que está en el dintel de la entrada de ésta
casa, fué bajada para ser restaurada en 1951, se
encontró un tubo de plomo detrás de ésta que
contenía en su interior los planos del edificio
firmados por el propio Gaudí.

Besos,
R




Friday, May 12, 2017

1492. Motel Xenia, Larissa, 1960, Greece.















Dear David,

"Here the landscape comes near to us, it comes into the
building, not so much because we see it with our eyes,
but more because we know it exists."
(Aris Konstantinidis, Elements)

Best regards,
R

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

1491. Klampenborg. Bellevue Teatret og Gamle Bellevue














Querido José,

(...)
Esta casa estuvo primero
varada en una playa. Luego,
puso proa a azules más hondos.
(...)

(José Hierro, La Casa)

Con afecto,
R

Monday, May 8, 2017

1490. Unité d'habitation. Marseille















Dear David,

"The home should be the treasure chest of living"
(Le Corbusier)

Best regards,
R

Friday, May 5, 2017

1489. Chicago's famous Marina City















Dear Aldo,

"In Marina City I made possible for people to participate
in community formation, both in the use of space, and in the
formation of the space. I realized that social behavior can be
influenced by the shape of architectural space"
(Bertrand Goldberg)

Regards,
R

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

1488. Roman Catholic Cathedral, Liverpool














Dear Norman,

"Symbolism was not the primary purpose of the pinnacle
structure: that its bracing indicates a crown (not of thorns-it
is the Cathedral of Christ the King) was of less importance to
me than the environmental consideration of dissolving the
silhouette into the Liverpool atmosphere." (Frederick Gibberd)

Best regards,
R

Monday, May 1, 2017

1487. Essen, Luftbild vom Grugabad
















Querida Siby,

Quisiera que mi vida
se cayera en la muerte,
como este chorro alto de agua bella
en el agua tendida matinal;
ondulado, brillante, sensual, alegre,
con todo el mundo diluido en él,
en gracia nítida y feliz.

(Juan Ramón Jiménez-Agua en el Agua)

Besos,
R

Friday, April 28, 2017

1486. Otaniemi. Institute of Technology
















Dear Timo,

"The very essence of architecture consists of a variety and
development reminiscent of natural organic life. This is the
only true style in architecture" (Alvar Aalto)

Respectfully,
R

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

1485. Moscow. Club Soueff, Lesnaia Street
















Dear Irina,

This eye-catching view of the Zuev's workers club was taken
in the 1930s, soon after his inauguration.
Architect Golosov embraced expressionism and dynamism
in his works and in this building he was so successful that
it became almost immediately an icon of Soviet Constructivist
architecture.

Regards,
R

Monday, April 24, 2017

1484. Dessau. Gropius-Siedlung. Bauhaus-Dessau-Törten













Dear Jan,

"Limitations makes the creative mind inventive"
(Walter Gropius)

Warm regards,
R

Friday, April 21, 2017

1483. Riga. Centralais Kolhozu tirgus
















Dear Martin,

The largest market complex in Europe with more than
16,000 square meters is located in Riga, Latvia. Cosntruction
began in 1924 and ended in 1930. Since 1998 it is part
of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Regards,
R


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

1482. Plaza Tamayo, La Paz, Bolivia














Querido Juan,

Te mando una postal de la Plaza Tamayo en La Paz. El edificio
alto es conocido como Monoblock y pertenece a la universidad.
Se inauguró en  1947 y fue el primer "rascacielos" de la ciudad
con sus 13 plantas. Es obra del famoso arquitecto boliviano
Emilio Villanueva y aunque obra moderna tiene elementos
estilísticos propios del art deco y del estilo local Tiwanaku.

Un abrazo,
R

Monday, April 17, 2017

1481. Halsingborg. St.Jorgens Plats med St.Jorgenfontanen














Dear Glenn,

Visiting beautiful Helsingborg in southern Sweden. This
is a view of a functionalist apartment building that although
it seems to be new was built in 1936.

All the best,
R

Friday, April 14, 2017

1480. National Farmers Bank, Owatonna, Minn.















Dear Russell,

"Every building is like a person: single and unrepeatable"
(Louis H. Sullivan)

Regards,
R


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

1479. Sevilla Exposición Ibero Americana Pabellón de Chile.














Querido Manolo,

"El conjunto encuadrado en los jardines interpretará el
espiritu chileno, sin recurrir para ello a motivos coloniales,
sino a agrupaciones de volúmenes y trozos de escultura y
pintura capaces de sugerir el ambiente de un pueblo y de
hacernos adivinar su cultura" (Juan Martíinez Gutiérrez)

Un fuerte abrazo,
R

Monday, April 10, 2017

1478. Shukkhov tower, Russia

















Dear Ken,

"A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its
elements are no longer their justification in nature"
(Guillaume Apollinaire)

Cheers,
R

Friday, April 7, 2017

1477. Teatro Regio Torino, Italy
















Dear Teresa,

"Myth is nothing new as a means to better understand the
moral of reality" (Carlo Mollino)

Regards,
R

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

1476. La Pobla de Lillet. Chalet-refugio Catllaràs
















Querida Cristina,

Encontré ésta interesante postal del chalet refugio que 
Gaudí construyó en la Pobla de Lillet en 1905 para su 
conocido mecenas el empresario Güell.

Besos,

Monday, April 3, 2017

1475. Helsinki. Lentoasema. The aerodrome














Dear Helene

Today I arrived to Malmi airport in Helsinki, the oldest airport
in Finland still in use. This wonderful building was opened in
1938 and its plan although in a undeniable functionalist style
resembles also to a gigantic machine rotor.

Best,
R