Friday, March 23, 2018

1627. Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, 2001

Dear Berta,

"Architecture should make us feel different,  if not,
engineering should be enough" (Daniel Libeskind)


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

1626. Hotel Xenia, Kos, Dodecanesos

Dear Yorgos:

"Architecture is not an art, it is a natural function"
(Aris Konstantinidis)


Monday, March 19, 2018

1625. Wolfsburg-Rabenberg, St. Heinrichs-Kirche

Dear Albert,

The  postcard features a crown-shaped church inspired by
Henry II  Roman-German Emperor and built by Peter Koller,
Austrian-German architect and city-planner of the city of


Friday, March 16, 2018

1624. Aeropuerto Internacional Eldorado, Bogota, Colombia

Estimado Luis,

"Las inquietudes intelectuales de Cuéllar, Serrano y Gómez
condujeron a una acelerada dinámica interna que convirtió a
la oficina en una vanguardia arquitectónica y técnica desde
finales de los años 1940"


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

1623. Tehran, L'université

Dear Mahmoud,

"A new language is a new life" (Persian proverb)


Monday, March 12, 2018

1622. Erba. Monumento ai Caduti

Dear Mario,

"An the fire and the rose are one"
(T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding)

Best regards,

Friday, March 9, 2018

1621. Milano. Via F. Turati, Ca' Brütta

Dear Bruno,

"The Ca'Brütta, the Ugly House, is seen as a symbol of the
dividing line between eclecticism and the modern, for its
freedom in the use of plaster and simplification of the façade.
It was also the first example in Italy of the splitting of a city
block, creating a private road open to the public"
(Giovanni Tomaso Muoio)


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

1620. Marcellise (Verona) Villa Girasole

Dear Mario,

"Erano sempre vedute nuove e in una luce diversa, eppur non
avevo percepito nessun movimento. Questo quadri sono stati
l'invenzione di papà" (Lidia Invernizzi)


Monday, March 5, 2018

1619. Darmstadt Stadt Krankenhaus Frauenklinik

Dear Jan,

Visiting Darmstadt's Women Hospital, one of the five
"master buildings" in this city.
Hope you are doing well.


Friday, March 2, 2018

1618. St. Catherine's College, Oxford

Dear Berta,

If you came this way,
Taking any route, starting from anywhere,
At any time or at any season,
It would always be the same: you would have to put off
Sense and notion. You are not here to verify,
Instruct yourself, or inform curiosity
Or carry report. You are here to kneel

(T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding)


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

1617. The organ at the Church of the Cross, Lahti, Finland

Dear Stefan,

"If we understood the world, we would realize that there
is a logic of harmony underlying its manifold apparent
dissonances" (Jean Sibelius)


Monday, February 26, 2018

1616. Helsinki, Suomen Kauppakorkeakoulu

Dear Siby,

"Music begins where possibilities of language ends"
(Jean Sibelius)


Friday, February 23, 2018

1615. Sevilla, Puente del V Centenario

Estimado Alfonso,

“Nuestra profesión debe aspirar siempre a convertirse en una
fuerza al servicio 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,