Friday, February 23, 2018

1615. Sevilla, Puente del V Centenario

Estimado Alfonso,

“Nuestra profesión debe aspirar siempre a convertirse en una
fuerza al servico de la comunidad, una palanca viva de creación,
de innovaciones, de educación y de cultura”
(José Antonio, Fernández Ordoñez)


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

1614. Milano, Corso Venezia, Palazzo e Torre Rasini.

Dear Bruno,

"The most resistant material in construction is art"
(Gio Ponti)


Monday, February 19, 2018

1613. Exposition nationale suisse, Art of Living Pavilion, Lausanne 1964

Dear Charles,

"I am of the opinion that it is possible to develop an art largely
on the basis of mathematical thinking" (Max Bill)


Friday, February 16, 2018

1612. Serpentine Pavilion 2001

Dear Liam,

"Rigid origami is a part if the study of the mathematics of paper
folding, and rigid origamis structures can be considered as a top
of mechanical linkage." (Wikipedia, Rigid Origami)


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

1611. Royan, église Notre-Dame

Dear David,

On the tenth floor, down the back stairs, it's a no man's land
Lights are flashing, cars are crashing, getting frequent now

Joy Division, Disorder


Monday, February 12, 2018

1610. Yale University Morse College.

Dear James,

"The rooms should be as individual as possible, as random as
those in an old inn rather than as standardized as those in modern
hotel... (Eliel Saarinen)


Friday, February 9, 2018

1609. Aerial view, Cranbrook school, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Dear Loja,

"True friendship can only subsist between those who are animated
by the strictest principles of honor and virtue" (Cicero)


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

1608. Brasilia. Palacio do Alvorada

Querido Pietro,

"Tudo é frágil, de um dia para o outro tudo desmorona."
(Oscar Niemeyer)


Monday, February 5, 2018

1607. Teatro del Mar, Punta Umbría, Huelva

Querida Cristina,

Una foto postal de Punta Umbría con el ayuntamiento de la
localidad en el centro. Este edificio debe su tipología a las primeras
casas inglesas que fueron el germen de esta localidad.
También al fondo se puede ver el Teatro del Mar, obra de José
Ramón Moreno que se inauguró en 2006.


Friday, February 2, 2018

1606. Liberec, Obchodní dům Ještěd


Quizá cuando vivías en Liberec fuiestes alguna vez al
centro comercial Ještěd en el centro de la ciudad.
El colorido edificio fue derribado en 2009 para construir
en su lugar el centro Froum Liberec.

Un abrazo,

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

1605. Leningrad. The Narvsky Cinema

Querido Juan,

!Trasunto de cristal
bello como un esmalte de ataujia!
Desde la galeria
esbelta, se veia
el jardin (...)

(Juan Ramon Jimenez, Trasunto de Cristal)


Monday, January 29, 2018

1604. Kobenhavn, Radiohuset, Koncertsalen

Dear Anne,

A vintage view of the Radiohuset's trapezoid concert hall
on Julius Thonsens Gade in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen.
The concert hall was designed to accommodate 1200 people
and features an impressive pipe organ built in 1946.


Friday, January 26, 2018

1603. Otaniemi

Dear Erik,

This is another view of the two towers built in Otaniemi
by Siren and Melakari as part of the Aalto university's student
housing facility area called Teekkari Village.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

1602. Ještěd

Querido Walter,

He aquí otra vista, esta vez nocturna, de la famosa torre en Liberec
de la que me hablaste y que incluye un hotel y un restaurante
además de la torre de televisión.

Un abrazo,

Monday, January 22, 2018

1601. Palace of Culture, Leningrad

Dear Peter,

The Palace of Culture in Saint Petersburg (former Leningrad)
was a Constructivist project built to commemorate the 10th
anniversary of the October Revolution of 1917. From 1933 it was
named after writer Maxim Gorky and is able to accommodate
2,200 people.


Friday, January 19, 2018

1600. Sanatprium Zonnestraal, Boschhuisjes

Dear Paul,

"Woodland Cabins (1929). The woodland cabins served as
accommodation for patients in the final phase of their
rehabilitation and were set amidst the estate's wooded
expanses. They were built by the patients themselves to a
design by Duiker" (Sanatorium Zonnestraal, 2010, Rotterdam)


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

1599. Fríðrikskirkjan, Nes, Eysturoy, Faroe Islands.

Dear Arne,

The architecture from Faroe Island has a strong influence
from both Norwegian and Danish architecture. This modern
church is able to accommodate about 500 people and follows
well the traditional Faroese's architectural spirit of balancing
a strong sense of community with a unique touch of individualism.


Monday, January 15, 2018

1598. Tashkent. Lenin Museum

Dear Galina,

The former Lenin Museum, today The Uzbekistan History
Museum, is a unique example of Soviet architecture shaped
by a local architectural feature as the traditional Uzbek sunscreens.


Friday, January 12, 2018

1597. Charles Ennis Residence

Dear Rachel,

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe"
(Replicant Roy Batty, Blade Runner, 1982)


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

1596. The Queens Dolls House


Dear James,

"There will never be great architects or great architecture without
great patrons" (Edwin Lutyens)


Monday, January 8, 2018

1595. The Bank of England

Querido Juan,

"La arquitectura es el arte dedicado al cuerpo de los usuarios"
(Juan Navarro Baldeweg)


Friday, January 5, 2018

1594. Baden, Neues Postgebäude

Dear Michael,

The commercial building for the former PTT (Swiss Federal
Post, Telegraph, and Telephone Authority) is a very dogmatist
building by Karl Moser and Robert Curjel.  Moser was one of
the "fathers of Modernism" and a teacher at the ETH Zurich
where he became an important mentor to younger generations
of architects.


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

1593. Almaty. Palace of the Republic.

Dear Vlad,

"We are but dust and shadow" (Horace)


Monday, January 1, 2018

1592. 2300 Silverlake Blvd. The Neutra VDL House.

Dear Jan,

This is an original card printed in 1947 that shows directions
to the famous VDL house. When Neutra's office went up for
sale he gave away this card to help potential clients and buyers
finding the house.

Best regards,

Friday, December 29, 2017

1591. Tampere, Sampola House, Tampere Adult Education Center

Dear Bolivar,

"If one has to choose between building and architecture, I will
choose building. The task of a designer is to serve people and
not worship architecture. Honesty is a characteristic of people,
not of objects." (Timo Penttilä)

Happy new year,

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

1590. Ještěd Tower, Liberec

Querido Walter,

Esta es la torre Ještěd en Liberec de la que tú me hablastes.
Aunque sé que la visitaste no sé si sabes que su volumen sigue
las directrices de un hiperboloide de revolución para adaptarse
mejor al contorno de la montaña en la que está asentada.
Seguro que ésta imagen te traerá buenos recuerdos.

Disfruta de tus merecidad vacaciones.
Un abrazo,

Monday, December 25, 2017

1589. Grundtvig's Church, Copenhagen


La iglesia de Grundtvig en Copenhague es un interesante templo
compendio de mucho estilos diferentes. Este templo se inauguró
en 1927 y se terminó en 1940. Una de las cosas más llamativas
es la fachada principal que recuerda mucho a la forma de un órgano.
Te la envio hoy para desearte una muy féliz Navidad. Iremos
juntos a verla en verano.

Te quiero mucho,

Friday, December 22, 2017

1588. Carlton Center. Johannesburg, South Africa

Dear Ted,

Since built in 1972 the Carlton Center has been the tallest office
building in all Africa. Its topmost 50th floor is widely known as
the "Top of Africa".


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

1587. The Transamerica Pyramid

Dear Juan,

"William Pereira is one of those modernist who truly shaped
postwar California. His buildings did as much as those of any
architect to give modern architecture public face and to make
it the symbol of the new world taking form in California in the
nineteen-forties, fiftties, ans sixties" (Paul Goldberger)


Monday, December 18, 2017

1586. Edificio Bretagna, Sao Paulo

Querido Miguel Angel,

Esta es una postal que muestra una vista aérea del Edificio
Bretagna en Sao Paulo, obra del arquitecto y constructor
brasileño de padres españoles Artacho Jurado.
Este, junto a otros muchos muchos otros grandes complejos
de habitación que Jurado construyó en Sao Paulo, muestra
una mezcla de estilos que van del moderno, al decó o al
moderno tropical y que se ajustó bien a los sueños y necesidades
de la clase media y media-alta brasileña de la época con sus
magníficos servicios comunales que incluían piscina en la terraza,
restaurante, bar y otras áreas de recreo para los residentes.

Un abrazo,

Friday, December 15, 2017

1585. Suomen Urheiluopisto, Vierumäki.

Dear Alex,

The beautiful Vierumäki Sports Institute very near to Lake
Valkjärvi was built in Bauhaus-inspired functionalism.
The vintage postscard shows an early picture of the front
and lateral sides of the building.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

1584. Nieuw Heerlen

Dear Victor,

The building for City hall of Heerlen was built from 1936 to 1942
by local architect Frits Peutz who also designed the Glaspaleis or
Glass Palace for Schunck.


Monday, December 11, 2017

1583. Berlin im Wiederaufbau. Lehniner Platz


El cine Universum en el distrito Wilmersdorf de Berlín fue la
primera sala modernista cinematográfica del mundo y se construyó
más concretamente en estilo Streamline o Aerodinámico al gusto
de la época. El resto del complejo WOGA que incluía comercios y
viviendas en estilo Racionalista (Nueva Objetividad) más sencillo
y funcional.


Friday, December 8, 2017

1582. Ioannina, Hotel Xenia

Dear Aris,

"The snail does not build its house, but let it grow out of
its body" (Lichtenberg)


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

1581. Nogales Public Library, Arizona

Dear Marcos,

"Bennie Gonzales’s architecture was often more playful and
his architectural response to our desert climate and ‘place’
more appropriate than that of many of his contemporaries."
(Will Bruder)


Monday, December 4, 2017

1580. Trellick Tower.

Dear Jim,

"The success of any scheme depends on the human factor
- the relationship of people to each other and the frame to their
daily life which the building provides." (Ernő Goldfinger)

Yours faithfully,

Friday, December 1, 2017

1579. Epidaurus. General view by air.

Querida Cristina,

En la foto aérea, a la derecha del gran teatro de Epidauro
se aprecia los camerinos para los actores que el gran
humanista y arquitecto Aris Konstantinidis levantó en éste
lugar mágico en 1957.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

1578. Aalto-Musiktheater Essen

Dear Elisa,

"Human life is a combination of tragedy and comedy. The shapes
and design that surrounds us are the music accompanying this
tragedy and this comedy" (Alvar Aalto)


Monday, November 27, 2017

1577. Casa Negre, Spain


Ave gratia plena dominus tecum


Friday, November 24, 2017

1576. The Round House, Helsinki, Finland

Dear Leena,

The circular shape of the KOP building in Helsinki was chosen
to provide relief from the traffic at this busy city area.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

1575. Tech Town, Otaniemi, Finland

Dear Erik,

Alvar Aalto won the competition for the Otaniemi campus
in 1949. Years later, in 1973 three triple-tower complexes
were carried out by Heikki Siren and Martti Melakati.
The emphasis of the original design was on social contact
with groups of rooms arranged around a common living cell.


Monday, November 20, 2017

1574. Cádiz. Vista aerea

Mamá y familia,

Esta postal la compré en la Plaza de las Flores de Cádiz
cuando estuvimos de vacaciones allí. La foto muestra el
sitio donde años después construyeron los apartamentos
donde nos quedamos y al fondo mis admirados pilones de


Friday, November 17, 2017

1573. Finlandia Talo

Dear Richard,

"Happiness is a place between too much and too little"
(Finnish proverb)