Tuesday, October 16, 2018

1693. Atrio del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao





















Mamá, Louis,

"...el mundo entero es un Bilbao más grande"
(Miguel de Unamuno, Rimas de dentro)

Besos muchos muchos,
R

Friday, October 12, 2018

1692. J.K.K. Kirjasto














Querido Roberto,
.
"...,pero biblioteca es pan o pirámide o cualquier otra cosa..."
(Jorge Luis Borges, La Biblioteca de Babel)

Con admiración,
R

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

1691. Tallinn, Hotel Olümpia





















Dear Indira,

One of Tallinn's most noticeable building, this 26-story
hotel building was built for the 1980 Summer Olympics
sailing competitions occasion. It was renovated in 1997
and most recently in 2017 and renamed Radisson Blu
Hotel Olümpia.

Sincerely,
R

Friday, October 5, 2018

1690. Fagus Werk
















Dear Karl,

"The role of the walls becomes restricted to that of mere screens
stretched between the upright columns of the framework to keep
out rain, cold and noise." (Walter Gropius)

Sincerely,
R

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

1689. Centro Botín, Santander















Dear Luis,

“I feel truly honored to have taken on this project for the city
of Santander because it is yet another example in my repertoire
of open, tolerant, and accessible cultural spaces, joining the
Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Auditorium in Rome, Foundation
Beyeler in Basel, the Morgan Library in New York, and the Art
Institute of Chicago; all urban spaces loved by the people”
(Renzo Piano)

Regards,
R

Friday, September 28, 2018

1688. Sabaudia. Casa del Balilla
















Dear Florestano,

"Frezzotti's one story Balilla building is perhaps the most
interesting building in Sabaudia, in spite of the later downgrading
of his reputation. It is kept in a sober size, but nevertheless
monumental in style. Its clean geometrical shapes are articulated
in an ochre yellow brick, with travertine details and generous
amount of glass"
(Hanne Storm Ofteland,  Sabaudia 1934, Materializing the Fascist 
Corporate Town, 2002)

Sincerely,
R

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

1687. House 14-15, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart, 1927
















Dear Hans,

"House is a machine for living in"
(Le Corbusier, Toward an Architecture, 1923)

Sincerely,
R

Friday, September 21, 2018

1686. Oesterreichisches Haus, Cöln 1914















Dear Lucius,

"Beauty is the result of centuries of care and ordering."
(Josef Hoffmann)

Regards,
R

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

1685. Bata Store, Reichenberg, Tuchplatz















Querido Walter,

Este elegante edificio de los famosos almacenes de calzado
Bata te resultará familiar de tus tiempos en Liberec.
El arquitecto, Vladimir Karfík, construyó muchos edificios
para esta compañía incluyendo el renombrado Edificio 21 de
16 pisos en la ciudad de Zlín, sede principal de la firma.

Un abrazo,
R

Friday, September 14, 2018

1684. Edificio Siboney, Puerto Chico, Santander















Querido Rafael,

Hermoso edificio expresionista el Siboney con sus fuertes
referencias naúticas como las esquinas redondeadas, las largas
tiras horizontales de ventanas, las ventanas en ojo de buey, los
colores blanco y celeste, como si fuese un gran transatlántico
amarrado en Puerto Chico...

Saludos afectuosos,
R

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

1683. Hotel Panorama, Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia






















Dear Peter,

The impressive Hotel Panorama was built in 1970 to accommodate
visitors to the World Ski Championship. Since 2008 the building
has been remodeled as a mixed-use complex including besides the
hotel, private apartment units, and common areas and facilities.

Regards,
R

Friday, September 7, 2018

1682. Abidjan, Cathedrale Saint Paul.
















Dear Patrizia,

The shape of the windows recall the form of a powerful elephant.
The structure is supported from above. The power from Above.

Sincerely,
R

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

1681. Svenska Dagbladets, Stockholmsutställningen 1930















Dear Gustaf,

The charming Svenska Dagbladet's press office was a small
pavilion that worked as a corner as well as a starting point of
the neighboring long side flank of the Paradise Restaurant,
Asplund's most brilliant building of all he designed for the
Stockholm exhibition of 1930.

Best wishes,
R

Friday, August 31, 2018

1680. Rudolf Mosse Pavilion, Pressa Exhibition, Cologne, 1928
















Querido abuelo,

Dijo Frank Gehry que si Erich Mendelsohn hubiera tenido
los ordenadores y la tecnología de hoy en día, él hubiera
tenido que figurarse otra cosa para hacer porque Mendelsohn
la hubiera hecho antes que él.
Llevaba años buscando ésta postal. Por fin la encontré.

Besos,
R

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

1679. Rapla KEK building, Rapla.





















Dear Uno,

This is one of the most recognizable and admired buildings
created by Toomas Rein, the Alvar Aalto from Estonia.

Regards,
R

Friday, August 24, 2018

1678. Maison à Gradins, 13 Rue des Amiraux, Paris





















Dear David,

"Uncaring, I passed for a happy man! Poor creature,
whom misfortune might have rendered a great genius..."
(Henri Sauvage)

A vintage postcard depicting the set-back working-class
houses project in the Rue des Amiraux under construction.

Best,
R


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

1677. Hotel Xenia, Iraklion, Crete, Greece
















Dear Dimitris,

"And here I am, where I have been looking for ways to have
standardization for the construction, and also for the functional
configuration, thus each architectural work not to be a
unintended incident, but to be a work of thought, something
that aims for being complete and perfect"
(Aris Konstantinidis)

Regards,
R

PS. This building was totally demolished and therefore is not
standing any longer.

Friday, August 17, 2018

1676. The Teaching Practice School and Gymnasium. University of Jyväskylä















Dear Tapio,

“Central Finland frequently reminds one of Tuscany, the homeland
of towns built on hills, which should provide an indication of how
classically beautiful our province could be if built up properly.”
(Alvar Aalto 1925)

Regards,
R

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

1675. Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Smithsonian Institution

















Dear Henry,

"a fortress of a building that works as a museum"
(The New York Times)

Best,
R

Thursday, August 9, 2018

1674. Wiipuri asema














Dear Enzo,

The Vyborg Railway Station was inaugurated in 1913 and almost
destroyed during the Continuation War in August 1941. Only ten
percent of the building remains standing since then. This station
was very similar to Helsinki railway station that was built six years
later.

Sincerely,
R

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

1673. Villa Nuuttila, Island of Kuusisto, Kaarina, Finland
















Dear Marco,

Located in a  site with scenic view Villa Nuuttila rises on a slope
like an Italian mountain lodge. This charming villa awoke attention
already during construction. This is one of many small buildings
Bryggman designed that shows the tremendous talent and ability
this architect had to create both humane and nature-friendly
architecture.

Sincerely,
R

Thursday, August 2, 2018

1672. Hilversum. School Schuttersweg















James,

A delicate, modern (but not too much) school by W.M. Dudok.
Notice its "Wrightian" arched entrance with red and blue glazed
bricks.

Best regards,
R

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

1671. Rothschild Boulevard, Tel-Aviv














Querido David,

A la izquierda de la foto se puede reconocer uno de los edificios
que el arquitecto, urbanista y periodista israelí Salomon Gepstein
diseñó y construyó en Tel-Aviv en la década de los años 1930 en
estilo Bauhaus.
Afortunadamente el edificio todavía se conserva en perfecto estado
ya que ha sido recientemente renovado.

Paz,
R

Thursday, July 26, 2018

1670. Edificio de Correos, Santa Rosa, Argentina





















Querido Roberto,

Como el resto de la serie de edificios para Correos y
Telecomunicaciones construidos en Argentina entre los años
1947 y 1955, éste en Santa Rosa está claramente inspirado en el
edificio Gustavo Capanema inaugurado en Rio de Janeiro en 1945
y proyectado por Costa, Leão, Niemeyer, Reidy, Vasconcellos y
Machado, con el asesoramiento de Le Corbusier.

Afectuosamente,
R

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

1669. Caja Colombiana de Ahorro, Bogotá, Colombia





















Querida Mónica,

La fotografía de esta postal antigua muestra un escorzo casi
completo del edificio de 15 plantas que la pionera firma
Cuéllar Serrano Gómez levantó en Bogotá en 1948. Se da la
circunstancia de que en la segunda mitad de la década de los
40 Gabriel Serrano viajó por Brasil y tuvo ocasión de conocer
y dejarse influir por la arquitectura de Oscar Niemeyer.

Abrazos,
R

Thursday, July 19, 2018

1668. Dobříš. Masarykovo sanatorium
















Dear Walter,

The sanatorium for the treatment of pulmonary diseases was built
between 1936 and 1938 according to the functionalist architectural
plans by Ferdinand Fencl.

R

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

1667. Heerlen. Kantoren Oranje Nassaumijn I















Dear Rob,

The building for the Oranje Nassau Company Headquarters
was designed by Rick Roosenburg in 1931 according to the
functionalist principles. In 1996 the building was restored and
painted all green instead of its original white.

Sincerely,
R

Thursday, July 12, 2018

1666. Calambrone. Colonia Villa Rosa dal mare
















Dear Devon,

This old buildings were inspired by the nostalgic Metaphysical
paintings of Giorgio de Chirico and Carlo Carrà. The Red
Tower of 1913 by Chirico and After the Sunset of 1927 by
Carrà are just good examples to illustrate that idea.

Regards,
R

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

1665. Cadiz, Avenida Ramón de Carranza con el Edificio de la compañía Transmediterránea al fondo.

















Papá,

Ya en Cádiz. Vi ésta postal y me acordé de cuando me hablaste de
los autobuses de doble piso que tú viviste.
Te echo de menos.

Besos,
R

Thursday, July 5, 2018

1664. Paimio, Parantola















Querida Critstina,

Aalto hablaba de su famoso sanatorio en Paimio como un
"instrumental médico" porque su arquitectura era para él una
parte más al servicio de la curación de los pacientes que por el
pasaban.
Este conjunto está en proceso de convertirse en parte de lista de
lugares Patrimonio de la Humanidad de la UNESCO.

Besos,
R

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

1663. Vista parcial Universidad de Concepción, Chile
















Querido Eugenio,

"Lo que yo quise lograr no eran edificios con carácter, sino
un conjunto con carácter" (Emilio Duhart)

A la derecha de la imagen parte del edificio de la facultad
de Ciencias Químicas, actualmente en proceso de demolición
por los daños causados tras el terremoto de 2010.

Un abrazo,
R

Thursday, June 28, 2018

1662. Finlandia Talo















Dear Sam,

"Even the smallest daily chore can be humanized with the
harmony of culture" (Alvar Aalto)

Sincerely,
R

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

1661. Torre del Oro y Torre Sevilla















Querida Jose,

"Veo a mis edificios como miembros de la ciudad y al diseñarlos
intento que sean ciudadanos contribuyentes y responsables"
(César Pelli)

Un abrazo,
R

Thursday, June 21, 2018

1660. International Fair of Thessaloniki
















Dear Helena,

The Hellenic Tourist Organization (HTO) Pavilion is shown
in this postcard beyond the lonely tree in the middle of the picture.
This was the first built architectural manifesto of great architect
Aris Konstantinidis.

Sincerely,
R

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

1659. Tampere Fire Station















Dear Aino,

This fantastic building was designed and built in1907 by an
authentic pioneer: Olivia Mathilda (Wivi) Lönn. She was the
first Finnish female architect to have started her own office in
1898 in her country.

Respectful,
R

Thursday, June 14, 2018

1658. Herning. Den ny Svømmehal. Brændgårdvej
















Dear Arne,

"I do not want to be addicted to the right angle. I deal with lots
of imbalances in my buildings" (Anton Christensen)

Regards,
R

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

1657. Complejo Cultural Teresa Carreño, Caracas, Venezuela















Dear Simón,

"Brutalism, a play between crudity and finesse"
(Le Corbusier)

Respectfully,
R

Friday, June 8, 2018

1656. Empresa Nacional de Luz y Fuerza, Managua















Querido Walter,

Este edificio es una de las joyas de la arquitectura moderna
nicaragüense por su limpieza de lineas, su rotundidad y
severidad y por su forma elegante y ágil de llegar al suelo.
A pesar de su aparente fragilidad resistió sin problemas el
fuerte terremoto de 1972.

Un abrazo,
R

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

1655. Messe Turm, Frankfurt





















Dear Jan,

"Creativity has more to do with the elimination of
the inessential than with inventing something new"
(Helmut Jahn)

Best regards,
R

Monday, June 4, 2018

1654. Majolikahaus, Wien 6





















Dear Walter,

"The details are not the details. They make the design"
(Charles Eames)

Sincerely,
R

Friday, June 1, 2018

1653. Cranbrook Art Museum. Interior















Dear John,

"Art was born as a desire, not as a demand"
(Eliel Saarinen)

Sincerely,
R

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

1652. Haus Duldeck beim Goetheanum Dornach















Dear Peter,

The Duldeck House was the first house designed and built by
Rudolph Steiner. He designed his ideas about organic architecture
from Goethe's theory of metamorphosis.

Regards,
R

Monday, May 28, 2018

1651. Suomen. Vierumäki
















Dear Mikko,

Architect Erik Bryggman was one of the most important
architects from Finland of his time. Bryggman, Aalto, and
Ekelund introduced Functionalist architecture in the country
as early as 1929.

Best regards,
R

Friday, May 25, 2018

1650. Pravda Building, Moscow














Dear Michael,

This exemplaray building of the late constructivism era sadly
remains abandoned since 2006 when it suffered a big fire.
Most likely will be demolished in the future.

R