2001. Berlin, Reichstag


 














Dear Sybi,

"It takes a lot of effort to make a building to look
effortless" (Norman Foster)

R

2000. Sainte-Marie-de-la-Tourette, Eveux


 







Querido Juan Luis:

Tiempo


El tiempo corre lentamente

vuela immerso en la roca densa

esencia inversa de la luz.


El tiempo camina mirándome

como si yo ya no estuviera

como si nunca hubiera sido.


El tiempo se detiene,

ultimo tiempo.

Jamás.


Un fuerte abrazo. 

R

1999. Airport of Copenhagen


 













Querido Walter,

“El camino a la casa de un amigo nunca es demasiado
largo“ (Refrán danés) 

Un abrazo de hermano,
R

1998. The Commons. Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago


 












Dear Rem, 

"Man builds his environment with geometry, from the 
smallest detail to the whole city. Therefore, geometry 
is humankind's malleable language used to emulate 
nature through human intellect" (Teresa Rovira)

Sincerely,
R

1997. Villa Savoye à Poissy


 








Dear Rob,

"Modern life demands a new kind of plan both for the 

city and the house" (Le Corbusier)

Sincerely,

R

1995. Sevilla. Plaza de España y sede de la Compañía Sevillana de Electricidad


 







Querida Cristina,

En esta vieja postal se puede ver más allá de la estructura

curvilinea de la Plaza de España el edificio monolítico de 

la nueva sede de la Compañía Sevillana de Electricidad 

todavía en construcción. 

Este edificio, hito pionero de la arquitectura

contemporánea en la ciudad, buscó su inspiración en la 

sede proyectada por Mies van der Rohe para la compañía

Bacardí en Tultitlán, México.

Besos,

R

1994. Oslo. View from the Town Hall. The Skansen Restaurant


 







Dear Olof,

The Skansen Restaurant seen in this vintage postcard

was the first functionalist building in Norway. Its elliptical

shape with flat roof and continuous ribbon windows was

inspired by the shape of an airplane gondola. Its popular

terrace has a beautiful view over the Pipervika Bay.

Respectfully,

1992. Kouvola
















Querida Cristi,

Te mando esta bonita postal de la ciudad finlandesa de
Kouvola con su moderno ayuntamiento arriba a la 
izquierda. Este elegante edificio fue diseñado y construido 
por el reconocido arquitecto y profesor Juha Leiviska en
1968.

Besos,
R

 

1991. Aarhus Universitet. Aulaen


 










Dear Louis,

"I do not venture to consider myself a pioneer, nor do 

I hope that I might justly be classified as a reactionary 

architect. I shall be pleased to be taken as a representative 

of the high average level of Danish architecture."

(Kay Fisker)


Respectfully,

R

1990. The Peace Bridge. Calgary


 








Dear David,

"I like very much the word passion, because it comes

 from the Latin passio, which means “suffering.” 

(Santiago Calatrava)

Sincerely,

R

1989. The Broad. Los Angeles


 








Dear Frank,

"Dubbed “the veil and the vault,” the museum’s 

design merges the two key programs of the 

building: public exhibition space and the storage 

that will support The Broad Art Foundation’s 

extensive lending activities." (Diller Scofidio)

Sincerely,

R

1988. St. Benedict Chapel Graubünden Switzerland


 









Dear Peter,

"When I start, my first idea for a building is with 

the material. I believe architecture is about that. 

It's not about paper, it's not about forms. It's about 

space and material.” (Peter Zumthor)

Sincerely,

R

1987. Harajuku Protestant Church, Tokyo


 








Dear Tadao,

"The architecture for this Protestant Church is centered 

by a wide nave arranged with six arches and a bell 

tower that symbolically lay importance on the seven 

elements, the seven days of creation, the seven churches 

of the Orient…" (Ciel Rouge)

Sincerely,

1986. Arcade of Irwin Union Bank & Trust Company, Columbus, Indiana


 







Dear John,

"Architects don't take always into account how people find

their way around, or how a building fits into environment, or

how it can make people happy" (Kevin Roche)

Best regards,

R

1985. Tokyo International Forum. Interior


 










Dear Eladio,

"The best architecture redefines how things

are going to be, rather than repeating what

has been accepted, or what is already part of

the norm. (Rafael Viñoly)

Respectfully,

R



1983. Maggie´s Centre, Dundee


 
















Dear Monica,

"I think it´s an inviting building, I think people will 

want to come inside and spend time there, and I really 

hope that in some small way it might contribute to a 

sense of rejuvenated vigor for moving forward and 

living life" (Frank Gehry) 

Warm regards, 

R

1981. Turun Teatteri. Katsomo.


 






Querida Cristina,

Aquí te mando una postal antigua del interior del
teatro de Turku, obra temprana de Aalto. Fijándome
en la inteligencia del diseño y la elegancia de los detalles
recuerdo la anécdota de cuando alguien le preguntó a
Aalto sobre el módulo de construcción que utilizaba
a lo que el maestro le contestó sin pestañear que 
el milímetro. 

Besos.
R

1980. Sanatorium 'Zonnestraal'


 







Dear Rem,

"Las necesidades del hombre son finitas, solamente
son infinitas las espirituales y estas requerirán cada 
vez más atención" (Jan Duiker)

Respectfully,
R

1979. München. Pinakothek. Trepennhaus


 










Dear Jan H.,

“Hans Döllgast was truly one of the first 
creative preservationists that we had in 
Germany after the war. Today, most people
have forgotten that he belonged to the very 
few by virtue of whose efforts the Leo von 
Klenze’s Alte Pinakothek was not demolished 
and replaced by something ‘contemporary.’ 
With his suggestion, he showed how one could 
close up a hole torn open by bombs without 
replacing everything as if nothing had happened. 
His repair work strove to let the building’s scars 
remain visible
….It is certain that in the future, Döllgast’s 
modesty of built means and his reverence for 
history will again become qualities to strive for
 – namely when our ideology of perfectionism
has run itself into the ground.”
(Paulhans Peters)

Cheers,
R

1978. Bilbao. Isozaki Atea


 








Dear Hans,

"My first experience of architecture was the void of 

architecture, then I began to consider how people 

might rebuild their homes and cities.”

(Arata Isozaki)

Regards,

R

1976. M/S Museet for Søfart. Maritime Museum of Denmark.


 

















Dear Sara,

"What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! 
In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel, 
in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world. The paragon of 
animals. And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me." 
(William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Best regards,
R

1975. Cappella Santa Maria degli Angeli. Monte Tamaro


 












Dear Jan,

"The first action of architecture is to put a stone on 
the ground. This action transforms a condition of
nature into a condition of culture. It's an action
tha becomes holy."
(Mario Botta)

Cheers,
R

1974. Kobenhavn Politigaarden. Arkitekt Hack Kampmann


 













Querida Cristina,

El cuartel general de la policía en Copenhague es
normalmente referido como el último gran ejemplo
de arquitectura neoclásica en el norte de Europa.
Su patio circular central de 45 metros de diámetro
está rodeado de 44 grandes columnas de orden 
dórico.

Besos,
R

1973. Chapelle St. Rouin


 












Dear David,

A vintage postcard of the hermitage of Saint-Rouin
in the Argonne forest still in construction.
Dominican father Rayssiguier, a disciple of Le Corbusier,
was the architect of this little gem, a historic monument
since 1998.

Best regards,
R

1972. Kobenhavn. Flyve udsigt over Byen


 











Querida Cristina,

Cuando el cuartel general de la policía en Copenhague
se inauguró en 1924 su estilo neoclásico fue criticado
como anacrónico por aquellos que sentían que el 
estilo que debería imponerse era el Funcionalismo, 
tan en boga en Alemania y otras partes de Europa
en aquellos tiempos.

Besos,
R

1971. Barcelona. Panorámica.


 












Querida Cristina,

En esta interesante postal destacan además de
las conocidas Torres Trade de Coderch y Valls, las
Torres La Caixa de cristal tintado en negro también 
de Coderch en colaboración con Frances Mitjans 
i Miró. Las Trade se terminaron en 1969 mientras
que las Torre La Caixa se inauguraron 14 años 
después en 1983.

Besos,

1970. Breslau. Tauentzienplatz, Wetheim


 













Dear Beata,

The luxurious and very modern Wertheim Department 
Store was opened in 1930 and violently closed by the 
National Socialist seven years later. 
Happily, the building survived the war aftermath and 
after several renovations and extensions it was 
finally re-opened in 2009.

Sincerely,
R
 

1969. Helsinki. The Taivallahti Church


 












Dear Tapio,

"The church hall was excavated using a 
certain system: first a large pit was made 
while leaving a layer of one or two meters 
un-excavated. The last few meters were then 
excavated very carefully while planning at the 
same tie how to accomplish an acoustically 
suitable surface as well as some angles and 
rough spots for the sake of outer 
appearance."(Timo Suomalainen)

Regards,
R

1968. The Netherlands Pavilion at Expo 2000, Hannover




















Dear Felix,

"The architecture of the Pavilion suggests
Dutch open-mindedness whilst referencing
stereotypes associated with the Dutch 
landscape: tulips, windmills, and dykes"
(MVRDV)

Sincerely,
R

1967. The Fagus Shoe Factory. Alfeld-an-der-Leine, Germany


 


















Dear Ludwig,

"A modern building must be true to
itself, logically transparent, and 
virginal of lies and trivialities"
(Walter Gropius)

Sincerely,
R

1966. Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. Austin, Texas


 













Dear Bruce,

"Was the overbearing mass of travertine called the 
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, Texas, 
finished in 1971, a sly comment on Johnson's imperial 
predilections, or the sad result of Mr. Bunshaft's own" 
(Paul Goldberger)

Sincerely,
R

1965. Tampere Kaleva Church


 













Dear Rem,

"Pietilä´s avant-garde was, and is, more 
of a philosophical or spiritual quality than 
something merely connected to the
architectural forms" (Kaisa Broner)

Sincerely,
R

1964. Ostankino TV Tower


 


















Querida María,

"Cuando llegas a la cumbre descubres que
no hay mucha diferencia entre ver las cosas
desde las alturas o desde el fondo del mar"
(Rafael Narbona)

R

1963. Marco de Canaveses


 


















Querida Cristina,

"Un buen arquitecto trabaja despacio"
(Alvaro Siza Vieira)

Un abrazo,
R

1961. Fourth Financial Center, Wichita, Kansas


 












Dear Natalie,

"Architecture is at the outset functional, but that 
function must extend beyond the mundane to 
matters of the spirit" (Bruce Graham)

Respectfully,
R

1959. Bergeijk, Weverij De Ploeg


 














Dear Hans,

"The spatial artist creates the environment and 
proportions appropriate to our time" 
(Gerrit Rietveld)

Cheers,
R