Monday, July 25, 2016

1367. Kulttuuritalo Helsinki
















Dear Aino,

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

Regards,
R

Friday, July 22, 2016

1366. Musee d'Heraclion
















Dear Dimitri,

"All perception is colored by emotion" (Enmanuel Kant)

Best,
R

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

1365. MoGES Mockba














Dear Peter,

An old postcard featuring the Moscow City Electric Power
Station with the large chimneys in the background.
The back facade with those chimneys is one of the most
celebrated russian constructivist structures.

Best regards,
R

Monday, July 18, 2016

1364. Saline Royale d'Arc-et-Senans















Dear David,

"Everything obeys the scheme that perfects the law of
movement" (Claude Nicolas Ledoux)

Best regards,
R

Friday, July 15, 2016

1363. Hilversum Sanatorium Zonnestraal















Querido Rafael,

I
Coches cerrados llegaban
a las orillas de juncos
donde las olas alisan
romano torso desnudo
coches, que el Guadalquivir
tiende en su cristal maduro,
entre láminas de flores
y resonancias de nublos.
Los niños tejen y cantan
el desengaño del mundo,
cerca de los viejos coches
perdidos en el nocturno.
Pero Córdoba no tiembla
bajo el misterio confuso
pues si la sombra levanta
la arquitectura del humo
un pie de mármol afirma
su casto fulgor enjuto.
Pétalos de lata débil
recaman los grises puros
de la brisa, desplegada
sobre los arcos de triunfo.
Y mientras el puente sopla
diez rumores de Neptuno,
vendedores de tabaco
huyen por el roto muro.

(Federico García Lorca-San Rafael)

Abrazos todos,
R

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

1362. Otaniemen Kappeli. Suomi Finland





















Dear Malcolm,

"Architecture belongs to culture, not to civilization"
(Alvar Aalto)

Best,
R

Monday, July 11, 2016

1361. Hadassah-Rothschild University Hospital, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem














Hola abuelo,

Hoy que mamá está en el hospital no dejo de acordarme de tí
y de la abuela. Sé que vosotros también lo estareís haciendo;
cuidando de todos nosotros como siempre.

Besos a los dos,
R

Friday, July 8, 2016

1360. Zénith de Strasbourg














Dear Aldo,

"At daytime the membrane is just very orange, but at night the
building lightens up like a big lantern. It is showing the
supporting structure of the facade and displays projected images,
video or text of what's going on inside, like a huge billboard"
(Massimiliano Fuksas)

Best,
R

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

1359. The František Müller House
















Dear Milada,

"The house satisfies a requirement. The work of art is responsible
to none; the house is responsible to everyone. The work of art
wants to draw people out of their state of comfort" (Adolf Loos)

Sincerely,
R

Monday, July 4, 2016

1358. Logroño. Plaza y nuevo ayuntamiento
















Querida Cristina,

Yo, como dice Moneo, doy gracias a la arquitectura porque
me permite ver el mundo con sus ojos.

Besos
R

Friday, July 1, 2016

1357. Ankara. Tarih coğrafya dil fakültesi
















Dear Jean,

"Ideas are signposts and the image of a distant future that
must light the way of our striving" (Bruno Taut)

   Regards,
   R

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

1356. Gamble Residence, Pasadena, California














Dear Samuel,

This is a vintage postcard featuring the famous Gamble House.
This building is an outstanding case of American Arts and Craft
architecture in which structure, furnishing, and decoration are
all masterfully integrated. It is also the finest surviving example
of the work of brothers architects Greene & Greene.

Regards,
R

Monday, June 27, 2016

1355. The Wall House. Groningen, Netherlands














Dear Susan,

"Life has to do with walls; we're continuously going in and out,
back and forth, and through them...The walls heightens the sense
of being just a momentary condition, what I call the moment of
the present" (John Hejduk)

Regards,
R

Friday, June 24, 2016

1354. Vila Tugendhat





















Dear Grete,

"The desire to be on solid ground is the relict of an authoritarian 
frame of mind" (Ernst Tugendhat)

Best regards,
R

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

1353. La Bañeza, Leon. Albergue
















Querido José Luis,

La Bañeza es uno de los 12 albergues de carreteras que llegaron
a construir los arquitectos Carlos Arniches y Martín Domínguez
en el periodo de postguerra española. Arniches y Domínguez
fueron dos de los precursores de la arquitectura racionalista en
nuestro país y construyeron junto al ingeniero Eduardo Torroja
el nuevo hipódromo de la Zarzuela en Madrid.
Tras la guerra civil Arniches permaneció en España y Domínguez
vivió exiliado en Francia, Cuba y EE.UU. donde murió en 1970.

Saludos cordiales,
R

Monday, June 20, 2016

1352. Markuskyrkan Skarpnacks Fordamling















Dear Ture,

"Poetry and art are among the few essential rituals left to us with
which to get life to live" (Birgitta Trotzig)

Peace,
R

Friday, June 17, 2016

1351. Markuskyrkan. Interior view.















Dear Hans,

"The project is the only one that has solved the environment
problem in a radical way, by not competing with the
surrounding buildings and instead placing the building in a
park, where it has the opportunity to be its best"
(Jury's commnent on Lewerentz's new church competition
proposal named "Interlude")

Regards,
R

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

1350. Pontevedra
















Querido Paco,

En esta vista aérea de la hermosa y monumental ciudad de
Pontevedra se puede ver al otro lado del rio Lérez el prisma
cerrado del pabellón polideportivo municipal diseñado por
Alejandro de la Sota y acabado en 1967. Cuando se terminó el
edificio tenía "un aire cargado de olores, de sabiduría, un aire
transformado por eso mismo, por la Arquitectura", como diría
el mismo de la Sota.

Un abrazo,
R

Monday, June 13, 2016

1349. Edificio Radiocentro, La Habana, Cuba















Querida Cristina,

La postal que te mando hoy muestra en el centro de la imagen
el famoso Edificio Radiocentro un hito de la arquitectura
cubana por ser uno de los mas brillantes ejemplos de arquitectura
moderna levantados en la isla. Los arquitectos fueron los cubanos
Emilio del Junco y Miguel Gastón y el arquitecto español exiliado
Martín Domínguez Esteban. Este último había trabajado con Carlos
Arniches en España entre 1924 y 1936, destacando entre otras
obras el nuevo hipódromo de la Zarzuela en Madrid en
colaboración con el ingeniero Eduardo Torroja. En La Habana,
después del Radiocentro proyectará en colaboración con Ernesto
Gómez-Sampere y Bartolomé Bestard el edificio FOCSA, una de
los edificios mas reconocibles de la ciudad con sus 39 plantas.
Martín Dominguez vivió los últimos años de su vida en Nueva
York donde se dedicó a enseñar en la prestigiosa Universidad de
Cornell.

Besos,
R

Friday, June 10, 2016

1348. Gorni Vozdukh Sanatorium Matsesta, Sochi














Dear Mikhail,

"We are convinced that the new forms of Soviet architecture
will be found not by way of the imitation of the architectural
forms of the past, but on a basis of critical thinking, as in the past,
so now, by way of a profound understanding of living processes
and their translation into architectural form"
(The Vesnin Brothers)

Best wishes,
R

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

1347. Andalucia. Metropol Parasol, Sevilla





















Dear Tanu,

"I don't see such a difference between art and architecture. Both
raise similar questions such as how does our body communicate
in space?, what is the current state of art in relation to
technology, nature, and our body in terms of communications?
Sometimes that happens in an architectural context, sometimes
in art, and sometimes in a design context." (Jürgen Mayer)

Regards,
R

Monday, June 6, 2016

1346. Helsinki, Finland. Finlandia Hall















Dear Aava,

"Aalto was one of the rare architects in our time who could
make monuments: but much rarer was this other gift which
could make poetry out of the everyday, could in the words of the
painter Vincent Van Gogh, give back to ordinary men that
something of the eternal that the halo used to represent"
(Colin St John Wilson)

Best,
R

Friday, June 3, 2016

1345. Kalambaka. Hotel Xenias
















Dear Dimitris,

"The building should be in tune with its setting. Both
construction and location "sing" the lives they are to sustain,
but do so with different voices, polyphonically"
(Aris Konstantinidis)

Best,
R

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

1344. Suomalainen Merimieskirkko, London















Dear Marta,

I thought you would like to know about this beautiful space showed
in the postcard. It features an interior view of the Finnish Seamen's
Mission Church located at 33 Albion Street, London.

Love,
R
  

Monday, May 30, 2016

1343. Liberty Hall, Dublin, Ireland





















Dear Mary,

The Liberty Hall was the first high-rise building erected in Ireland.
The idiosyncratic stack of alternating of light and dark was inspired
to the architect by the iconic research tower of the Frank Lloyd
Wright's Johnson Wax Headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin.

Regards,
R

Friday, May 27, 2016

1342. The Philam Life Building, United Nations Avenue, Manila, The Philippines















Dear Tina,

I heard with sadness that the Philam Life building may be
demolished soon to build a condominium complex that will
replace this historic structure. This elegant international-style
complex that was built to respond efficiently to the local tropical
conditions with its airy facades and gardens includes one of the
best performance halls in the entire country and should be
definitely saved for future generations.

Best,
R

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

1341. Kaunas- Pasto Rumai














Dear Richard,

A handsome vintage picture postcard featuring Kaunas
Central Post Office. This is one of the most significant buildings
in the new functionalist style in Lithuania. Spacious halls,
adequate light, avoidance of unnecessary decoration, a modern
elevator, and even showers for the employees, are just some of
the features of this architectural landmark completed in 1932.

All the best,
R

Monday, May 23, 2016

1340. The Institute of Gas Technology. IIT















Dear Maggie,

"If teaching has any purpose, it is to implant true insight
and responsibility. Education must lead us from irreponsible
opinion to true responsible judgement. It must lead us from
chance and arbitrariness to rational clarity and intellectual
order" (Mies van der Rohe)

Greetings,
R

Friday, May 20, 2016

1339. Viipuri. Kirjastotalo















Dear Arne,

"Every one of my buildings begins with an italian journey"
(Alvar Aalto)

Regards,
R

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

1338. Colegio Cataguases















Dear David,

"Architecture is invention. Under this prism is how I do my
projects; always searching for beautiful, expressive, different,
amd surprising solutions" (Oscar Niemeyer)

Best,
R

Monday, May 16, 2016

1337. Edificio Raffo. Lima. Peru















Estimada Lucrecia,

Instrucciones para el arquitecto

Nuestro malentendido es de carácter conceptual. Usted ha
hecho ese bonito diseño de mi casa y de mi biblioteca
partiendo del supuesto -muy extendido, por desgracia- de
que en un hogar lo importante son las personas en vez de
los objetos. No lo critico por hacer suyo ese criterio,
indispensable para un hombre de su profesión que no se
resigne a prescindir de los clientes. Pero, mi concepción de
mi futuro hogar es la opuesta. A saber: en ese pequeño espacio
construido que llamaré mi mundo y gobernarán mis caprichos,
la primera prioridad la tendrán mis libros, cuadros y grabados;
las personas seremos ciudadanos de segunda. Son esos cuatro
millares de volúmenes y el centenar de lienzos y cartulinas
estampadas lo que debe constituir la razón primordial del
diseño que le he encargado. Usted subordinará la comodidad,
la seguridad y la holgura de los humanos a las de aquellos
objetos.

(Mario Vargas Llosa -Los Cuadernos de don Rigoberto-)

Saludos afectuosos,
R

Friday, May 13, 2016

1336. Glendale, Arizona. University of Phoenix Stadium
















Querida Cristina,

"Peter Eisenman no está lo suficientemente cansado como
para dejar que sus obras se confundan con las de los demás"
(Enric Miralles, 1997)

Besos,
R

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

1335. Viaducto Martín Gil. Embalse del Esla. Zamora, España.
















Querido Manolo,

"Todo arte requiere una técnica" (Eduardo Torroja Miret)

Recuerdos,
R

Monday, May 9, 2016

1334. Helsinki. Lasipalatsi















Dear Johan

Three facts about my beloved Lasipalatsi:
1.It was designed by three architectural students.
2. Originally it was intended to be a temporary structure.
3. It is the first and the most impressive functionalist
commercial building in Helsinki.

Best wishes,
R

Friday, May 6, 2016

1333. Ford Motor Co.'s Plant from model, Detroit















Dear Susan,

A picture postcard of an architectural model for the Highland
Park Ford Plant. This huge building was built in 1910.
"Quality means doing it right when no one is looking"
(Henry Ford)

Regards,
R

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

1332. Kobenhavns Lufthavn, Kastrup















Querido Juan,

El aeropuerto de Copenhague-Kastrup fue diseñado y construido
por el arquitecto danés Vilhelm Lauritzen entre 1936 y 1939.
Lauritzen fue un gran arquitecto preocupado por los avances
tecnológicos, la calidad de los materiales y su puesta en obra.
Estos aspectos definen bien su obra y los tuvo siempre en cuenta
hasta en sus últimos detalles.
Esta terminal fue ampliada posteriormente en 1961 por el propio
Lauritzen en colaboración con Mogens Boertmann.

Un abrazo,
R

Monday, May 2, 2016

1331. Berlin-Siemensstadt, Jungfernheideweg















Dear Ise,

"The mind is like an umbrella, it functions best when open"
(Walter Gropius)

Regards,
R