Friday, December 19, 2014

1117. M.I.T. Chapel, Cambridge, MASS.

Dear Aline,

"I have always remembered one night on my travels as a
student when I sat in a mountain village in Sparta. There
was bright moonlight over head and then there was a soft,
hushed secondary light around the horizon. That sort of
bilateral lighting seemed best to achieve this otherworldly
sense. Thus, the central light would come from above the
altar-dramatized by the shimmering golden screen by Harry
Bertoia- and the secondary light would be light reflected up
from the surrounding moat through the arches"
(Eero Saarinen)

Best wishes,

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

1116. MAM. Rio de Janeiro

Dear Lucio,

Brazilian architect Affonso Eduardo Reidy was born in
France of a Brazilian-Italian mother, and an English father.
Despite this circunstance his architecture is unmistakably
Brazilian Modernist. His Rio de Janeiro Museum of Modern
Art was intended to harmonize architecture with the natural
landscape by stressing the horizontality of the building in
contrast with the undulating line of the mountains. Inside the
main building the entire ground floor with the exception of the
entrance is completely free allowing an uninterrupted view of
the sea.


Monday, December 15, 2014

1115. Abdiij Roosenberg

Querido Gabriel,

"Hay en la arquitectura de Van der Laan, como en la
de otros grandes maestros, un sello de identidad, muy
diferente al de la fastuosa arquitectura contemporánea,
y que se refleja en la expresión natural de su condición
humana, reflejo de la historia interna de la arquitectura.
(...) Sólo lo permanente, lo intrahistórico. Lo antiguo y
lo moderno se anulan en su identificación con el presente
(Otras Vias. Pikionis, Lewerentz y Van der Laan,
Jose Ignacio Linazasoro)

Saludos cordiales,

Friday, December 12, 2014

1114. Sao Jose dos Campos, C.T.A. Apartamentos

Dear Norman,

“When a form creates beauty it becomes functional and
therefore fundamental in architecture.”
(Oscar Niemeyer)

Best wishes,

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

1113. Hotel Punta Negra, Mallorca

Querido Felix,

El Hotel Punta Negra constituyó una innovadora y refrescante
ruptura con el prototipo de hotel moderno en altura que
dominó esta época en España. Su arquitectura, aunque
incontestablemente moderna, mantiene una gran sintonía con
la arquitectura ancestral que se manifiesta a través de su escala
doméstica, su relación armónica con el paisaje, la diversidad
de los espacios y la sabia elección de materiales y técnicas


Monday, December 8, 2014

1112. Los Angeles Philharmonic

Dear Chris,

"The architect of the future will build imitating Nature"
(Antoni Gaudi)


Friday, December 5, 2014

1111. Salgina Brücke bei Schiers

Dear Maire-Claire,

The more rational the design was the
more alluring the bridge became.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

1110. Pfarrkirche Linz, St. Theresia

Dear Steven,

"The art of building, as we meant it, is the
creation of living form, and the church as
we meant it, is not merely a walled shelter,
but everything together: building and people,
body and soul, the human beings and Christ,
a whole spiritual universe–a universe, indeed,
which must ever be brought into reality anew"
(Rudolf Schwarz)


Monday, December 1, 2014

1109. Sanatorium Bucegi, Predeal

Dear Georges,

Marcel Janco, the leading advocate of Constructivism in
eastern Europe, was along with his brother Jules the
architect of the private sanatorium of Predeal, outside
of Bucharest. Marcel Janco was a leading Romanian
Jewish architect and art theorist, and the co-creator of

Best wishes,

Friday, November 28, 2014

1108. Diaconessenhuis, Rotterdam

Dear Jaap,

This is an image of the hallway of a functionalist hospital
designed and built between 1931 and 1938 by J.A. Brinkman
and L.C. van der Vlugt, the architects of the Nieuwe Bouwen
movement who became internationally acclaimed for their
Van Nelle coffee, tea, and tobacco factory in Rotterdam.
Brinkman and Van der Vlugt also built the original Feyenoord
Stadium and several private houses including those for Van de
Leeuw, Boeve, and De Bruin.

Best regards,

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

1107. Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, Florida Southern College

Dear Eugene,

"A Child of the Sun where to bring God’s outdoors
into man’s indoors.” (Frank Lloyd Wright)


Monday, November 24, 2014

1106. Bond Centre Office Towers, Hong Kong

Dear Norman,

"Paul Rudolph believed that people
perceived the lower floors of a high-rise
building in a different manner: the upper
levels can be scaleless, but that at street
level should possess a human scale to
relate it to the urban context in which it
is located" (Tony Monk)


Friday, November 21, 2014

1105. Estepona, Plaza de Toros

Querido abuelo Jose,

La fiesta de los toros se empezo a celebrar en España
en la plazas mayores de pueblos y ciudades. Con el
tiempo se llego a desarrollar un tipo de edificio especifico
para este fin llamado Plaza de Toros. Modernamente las
plazas de toros se siguen transformando en edificios cada
vez mas complejos en forma y uso. Un buen ejemplo de
ello es la Plaza de Toros de Estepona en Malaga que
responde con su graderio asimetrico a otros tipos de
espectaculos y que acoge en su conjunto varios museos

Un abrazo,

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

1104. Nazareth, The Church of the Annunciation

Dear Leonardo,

"Only discipline and communal feeling could lead, shortly,
to a new architecture" (Giovanni Muzio)


Monday, November 17, 2014

1103. Im Asmundur-Museum in Reykjavik

Dear Ríkarður,

Icelandic sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson designed and
constructed his house and studio from 1942 to 1959
inspired by the vernacular domed buildings typically seen
in the Mediterranean and Middle East cultures. In 1983
an addition to the building was built to serve as the
Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum. The picture
shows a crescent-shaped building that housed the
original scupltor's studio.


Friday, November 14, 2014

1102. Centre Pompidou-Metz

Dear Philips,

PdP: When you were a child, did you want to become an
SB: No, I wanted to be a carpenter.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

1101. The Menil Collection

Caro Gio,

"Architecture is about illusion and symbolism, semantics,
and the art of telling stories." (Renzo Piano)


Monday, November 10, 2014

1100. Genova, Piazza Sturla, Panorama

Querida Cristina,

La antigua Casa del Fascio de Genova construida en
1938 fue un proyecto del ingeniero y arquitecto italiano
Luigi Carlo Daneri. Contrariamente a otras muchas casas
del partido fascista, ésta muestra una clara influencia de
los preceptos racionalista defendidos por Le Corbusier,
concretamente de sus conocidos cinco puntos. Esa
influencia hace que su arquitectura tenga claras
concomitancias con la de la Ville Savoye del maestro
suizo. Gio Ponti, el gran artista y arquitecto italiano,
admiró enormemente la ligereza, claridad y transparencia
de este edificio.


Friday, November 7, 2014

1099. Karlskirche mit U-Bahn-Station von Otto Wagner

Dear Joseph,

"Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning
doorway to life." (Daisaku Ikeda)


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

1098. Ciudad de Mexico. Auditorio Nacional

Estimados Oscar y Guillermo,

El monumental Auditorio Nacional situado en el Paseo
de la Reforma de Mexico D.F. esta considerado
como uno de los mejores escenarios del mundo. El
edificio fue inaugurado en 1953 siguiendo el proyecto
de Fernando Peña y fue extensamente remodelado por
los arquitectos Abraham Zabludovsky y Teodoro
Gonzalez de Leon en 1991.


Monday, November 3, 2014

1097. Sculpture garden, Art Gallery. Yale University

"Dear Lamont,

Five crabapple trees would tend to lift the terrace and
create the 4th wall enclosing the sculpture court below."
(Louis I. Kahn)


Friday, October 31, 2014

1096. The Teikoku Hotel, Tokyo

Dear Richard,

"They all listened and they understood, in a way. But finally
the chief rose to his feet and said: Mr Wright, (he spoke very
good English) you are a very famous architect. You wouldn't
come here and try to build us something that would fall down;
and while we do not understand the principles  that you have
tried to explain to us, we have confidence that you will do
something from which we can learn. You may go ahead and
build your building and we will watch and we will hope to
learn" (Frank Lloyd Wright)


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

1095. Helsinki. The eastern orthodox cathedral and modern architecture

Dear Carlo,

"Architecture must have charm; it is a factor of beauty in
society. But real beauty is not a conception of form which
can be taught, it is the result of harmony between several
intrinsic factors, not least the social." (Alvar Aalto)


Monday, October 27, 2014

1094. Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Japan

Dear Kazuyo,

"Space is the breath of art" (Frank Lloyd Wright)


Friday, October 24, 2014

1093. Humana Building

Dear Fernando,

"Good design to me is both appearance and functionality
together. It’s the experience that makes it good design"
(Michael Graves)

Best wishes,

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

1092. Hallenstadion Zurich-Oerlikon

Dear Mercedes,

"The achievement of Swiss architects rests less upon
pioneering work in the field of structure and form that
on the love of perfection and quality, in the painstaking
execution of details and in a highly developed sense of
social responsibility."(Jürgen Joedicke)


Monday, October 20, 2014

1091. Brasilia. Vista aerea do Palacio Itamarati

Dear Philip,

"After all, what remains in architecture are the monumental
works, the ones that mark history and technical evolution,
those that socially justified or not, still touch us".
(Oscar Niemeyer)


Friday, October 17, 2014

1090. New York City. The Freedom Tower

Dear Daniel,

“Freedom is what we do with what is
done to us.” (Jean-Paul Sartre)


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

1089. Dubai. Burj Khalifa

Dear Ann,

2010 Burj Khalifa.

Total height: 2,755 ft
Floor area: 3,331,100 sqf
Cost: about $1,500,000,000
Floor count: 163
Elevators: 57
Occupancy: 135,000 people
Parking spaces 14,000

1956 Mile High Skyscraper by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Total height: 5,680 ft
Floor area: 6,000,000 sqf
Cost: about  $522,000,000 (60,000,000 in 1956)
Floor count: 528
Elevators: 76
Occupancy: 100,000 people
Parking spaces 15,000

"Reality can be beaten with enough
imagination"(Mark Twain)


Monday, October 13, 2014

1088. Hotel Jagua, Punta Gorda, Cienfuegos, Cuba

Estimada Maria,

En esta antigua imagen en color se muestra la singular
composicion de la fachada trasera del Hotel Jagua. La
combinacion ritmica de los antepechos ciegos coloreados
de los balcones de las habitaciones forman un gigantesco
mural no exento de ciertas connotaciones neoplasticistas.

Enhorabuena por su libro.

Friday, October 10, 2014

1087. Tbilisi, Georgia. Bridge of Peace.

Dear Pietro,

"To me the ultimate goal of Design is to promote pursuit
of knowledge through objects" (Michele De Lucchi)


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

1086. The California Aerospace Museum. Los Angeles

Dear Sam,

"An architect is given a program, budget,
place, and schedule. Sometimes the end
product rises to art -or at least people
call it that-." (Frank Gehry)


Monday, October 6, 2014

1085. Hundertwasserhaus

Dear Pat & Dudley,

"Window in rank and file are sad, 
windows must be able to dance."
(Friedensreich Hundertwasser)


Friday, October 3, 2014

1084. Motel El Hidalgo. Valdepeñas

Querida Miguel Angel,

El Motel Hidalgo situado en Valdepeñas planteo
explicitamente el modelo americano de motel de
carretera. Sus modernas lineas horizontales, sus torres
anuncios, sus materiales ligeros a base de madera,
ladrillo y carpinteria metalica pretendieron implantar una
temprana modernidad en la meseta castellana

Un abrazo,

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

1083. Oslo. Samfunnshuset

Dear Magnus,

This compelling community center in Oslo is a premature
example of a mixed use building. Built in 1940 the center
houses a conference center, large meeting rooms for the
community, offices, and multiple stores. The compositions
of the muscular but elegant facades are consistent with the
different interior functions.


Monday, September 29, 2014

1082. Cristovam Dias. Piscina da Quinta da Conceição

Querido Carlos,

Las sabias palabras del maestro Siza
que afirman que el mundo entero y
su entera memoria continuamente diseñan
la ciudad han resonado en mi mente al
completar mi ascension a la pequeña
Acropolis de muros blancos que es la
piscina de Quinta da Conceição.

Un saludo afectuoso,

Friday, September 26, 2014

1081. Das Verwaltungsgebaude der Hamburgischen Electricitats-Werke

Querido Juan,

"Cuando en 1925 se me otorgó la medalla de plata en
París por el diseño de una silla me enviaron el programa
a casa en el que bajo una imagen de la misma se podía
leer "artista: Arne Jacobsen". Después de leerlo mi padre
me dijo: esto debe estar equivocado hijo mio, tú no eres
ningun artista, y además estás demasiado gordo para
llegar a serlo"
(Arne Jacobsen)

Un abrazo,

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

1080. Parador Nacional de Santa Catalina, Jaen

Querido Paquillo,

Dentro del recinto de la alcazaba y junto al castillo de
Santa Catalina, esta enclavado el Parador de Jaen,
proyectado por José Luis Picardo y finalizado en 1965.
Este hotel parador es considerado uno de los mejores
castillos habitables de Europa. En su interior destaca el
gran salon de boveda de arista de 20 metros de altura
previo al comedor del parador.

Un abrazo,