Friday, August 17, 2018

1676. The Teaching Practice School and Gymnasium. University of Jyväskylä















Dear Tapio,

“Central Finland frequently reminds one of Tuscany, the homeland
of towns built on hills, which should provide an indication of how
classically beautiful our province could be if built up properly.”
(Alvar Aalto 1925)

Regards,
R

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

1675. Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Smithsonian Institution

















Dear Henry,

"a fortress of a building that works as a museum"
(The New York Times)

Best,
R

Thursday, August 9, 2018

1674. Wiipuri asema














Dear Enzo,

The Vyborg Railway Station was inaugurated in 1913 and almost
destroyed during the Continuation War in August 1941. Only ten
percent of the building remains standing since then. This station
was very similar to Helsinki railway station that was built six years
later.

Sincerely,
R

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

1673. Villa Nuuttila, Island of Kuusisto, Kaarina, Finland
















Dear Marco,

Located in a  site with scenic view Villa Nuuttila rises on a slope
like an Italian mountain lodge. This charming villa awoke attention
already during construction. This is one of many small buildings
Bryggman designed that shows the tremendous talent and ability
this architect had to create both humane and nature-friendly
architecture.

Sincerely,
R

Thursday, August 2, 2018

1672. Hilversum. School Schuttersweg















James,

A delicate, modern (but not too much) school by W.M. Dudok.
Notice its "Wrightian" arched entrance with red and blue glazed
bricks.

Best regards,
R

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

1671. Rothschild Boulevard, Tel-Aviv














Querido David,

A la izquierda de la foto se puede reconocer uno de los edificios
que el arquitecto, urbanista y periodista israelí Salomon Gepstein
diseñó y construyó en Tel-Aviv en la década de los años 1930 en
estilo Bauhaus.
Afortunadamente el edificio todavía se conserva en perfecto estado
ya que ha sido recientemente renovado.

Paz,
R

Thursday, July 26, 2018

1670. Edificio de Correos, Santa Rosa, Argentina





















Querido Roberto,

Como el resto de la serie de edificios para Correos y
Telecomunicaciones construidos en Argentina entre los años
1947 y 1955, éste en Santa Rosa está claramente inspirado en el
edificio Gustavo Capanema inaugurado en Rio de Janeiro en 1945
y proyectado por Costa, Leão, Niemeyer, Reidy, Vasconcellos y
Machado, con el asesoramiento de Le Corbusier.

Afectuosamente,
R

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

1669. Caja Colombiana de Ahorro, Bogotá, Colombia





















Querida Mónica,

La fotografía de esta postal antigua muestra un escorzo casi
completo del edificio de 15 plantas que la pionera firma
Cuéllar Serrano Gómez levantó en Bogotá en 1948. Se da la
circunstancia de que en la segunda mitad de la década de los
40 Gabriel Serrano viajó por Brasil y tuvo ocasión de conocer
y dejarse influir por la arquitectura de Oscar Niemeyer.

Abrazos,
R

Thursday, July 19, 2018

1668. Dobříš. Masarykovo sanatorium
















Dear Walter,

The sanatorium for the treatment of pulmonary diseases was built
between 1936 and 1938 according to the functionalist architectural
plans by Ferdinand Fencl.

R

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

1667. Heerlen. Kantoren Oranje Nassaumijn I















Dear Rob,

The building for the Oranje Nassau Company Headquarters
was designed by Rick Roosenburg in 1931 according to the
functionalist principles. In 1996 the building was restored and
painted all green instead of its original white.

Sincerely,
R

Thursday, July 12, 2018

1666. Calambrone. Colonia Villa Rosa dal mare
















Dear Devon,

This old buildings were inspired by the nostalgic Metaphysical
paintings of Giorgio de Chirico and Carlo Carrà. The Red
Tower of 1913 by Chirico and After the Sunset of 1927 by
Carrà are just good examples to illustrate that idea.

Regards,
R

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

1665. Cadiz, Avenida Ramón de Carranza con el Edificio de la compañía Transmediterránea al fondo.

















Papá,

Ya en Cádiz. Vi ésta postal y me acordé de cuando me hablaste de
los autobuses de doble piso que tú viviste.
Te echo de menos.

Besos,
R

Thursday, July 5, 2018

1664. Paimio, Parantola















Querida Critstina,

Aalto hablaba de su famoso sanatorio en Paimio como un
"instrumental médico" porque su arquitectura era para él una
parte más al servicio de la curación de los pacientes que por el
pasaban.
Este conjunto está en proceso de convertirse en parte de lista de
lugares Patrimonio de la Humanidad de la UNESCO.

Besos,
R

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

1663. Vista parcial Universidad de Concepción, Chile
















Querido Eugenio,

"Lo que yo quise lograr no eran edificios con carácter, sino
un conjunto con carácter" (Emilio Duhart)

A la derecha de la imagen parte del edificio de la facultad
de Ciencias Químicas, actualmente en proceso de demolición
por los daños causados tras el terremoto de 2010.

Un abrazo,
R

Thursday, June 28, 2018

1662. Finlandia Talo















Dear Sam,

"Even the smallest daily chore can be humanized with the
harmony of culture" (Alvar Aalto)

Sincerely,
R

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

1661. Torre del Oro y Torre Sevilla















Querida Jose,

"Veo a mis edificios como miembros de la ciudad y al diseñarlos
intento que sean ciudadanos contribuyentes y responsables"
(César Pelli)

Un abrazo,
R

Thursday, June 21, 2018

1660. International Fair of Thessaloniki
















Dear Helena,

The Hellenic Tourist Organization (HTO) Pavilion is shown
in this postcard beyond the lonely tree in the middle of the picture.
This was the first built architectural manifesto of great architect
Aris Konstantinidis.

Sincerely,
R

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

1659. Tampere Fire Station















Dear Aino,

This fantastic building was designed and built in1907 by an
authentic pioneer: Olivia Mathilda (Wivi) Lönn. She was the
first Finnish female architect to have started her own office in
1898 in her country.

Respectful,
R

Thursday, June 14, 2018

1658. Herning. Den ny Svømmehal. Brændgårdvej
















Dear Arne,

"I do not want to be addicted to the right angle. I deal with lots
of imbalances in my buildings" (Anton Christensen)

Regards,
R

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

1657. Complejo Cultural Teresa Carreño, Caracas, Venezuela















Dear Simón,

"Brutalism, a play between crudity and finesse"
(Le Corbusier)

Respectfully,
R

Friday, June 8, 2018

1656. Empresa Nacional de Luz y Fuerza, Managua















Querido Walter,

Este edificio es una de las joyas de la arquitectura moderna
nicaragüense por su limpieza de lineas, su rotundidad y
severidad y por su forma elegante y ágil de llegar al suelo.
A pesar de su aparente fragilidad resistió sin problemas el
fuerte terremoto de 1972.

Un abrazo,
R

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

1655. Messe Turm, Frankfurt





















Dear Jan,

"Creativity has more to do with the elimination of
the inessential than with inventing something new"
(Helmut Jahn)

Best regards,
R

Monday, June 4, 2018

1654. Majolikahaus, Wien 6





















Dear Walter,

"The details are not the details. They make the design"
(Charles Eames)

Sincerely,
R

Friday, June 1, 2018

1653. Cranbrook Art Museum. Interior















Dear John,

"Art was born as a desire, not as a demand"
(Eliel Saarinen)

Sincerely,
R

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

1652. Haus Duldeck beim Goetheanum Dornach















Dear Peter,

The Duldeck House was the first house designed and built by
Rudolph Steiner. He designed his ideas about organic architecture
from Goethe's theory of metamorphosis.

Regards,
R

Monday, May 28, 2018

1651. Suomen. Vierumäki
















Dear Mikko,

Architect Erik Bryggman was one of the most important
architects from Finland of his time. Bryggman, Aalto, and
Ekelund introduced Functionalist architecture in the country
as early as 1929.

Best regards,
R

Friday, May 25, 2018

1650. Pravda Building, Moscow














Dear Michael,

This exemplaray building of the late constructivism era sadly
remains abandoned since 2006 when it suffered a big fire.
Most likely will be demolished in the future.

R

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

1649. Casa Madre de la Compañía de Santa Teresa de Jesús. Gaudí
















Querido Manuel,

"La verdad padece, pero no perece"
(Santa Teresa de Jesús)

Abrazos,
R

Monday, May 21, 2018

1648. Sabaudia, Piazza Comunale
















Dear Paola,

Sending regards from the modern but also "Roman" city
of Sabaudia.
"For this reason a different form of urban planning -a rural
planning- has developed, whose open and linear morphology is
rightly contrasted to traditional city planning. Sabaudia is in fact an
excellent example of modern rural planning"
(Marcello Piacentini, Sabaudia)

Best,
R

Friday, May 18, 2018

1647. Madrid, Circulo de Bellas Artes
















Querida Inés,

Espero que estés bien. Aquí te mando una postal muy antigua del
Círculo de Bellas Artes, que fue enviada el mismo año que el
edificio se inauguró. El arquitecto, Antonio Palacios, fue también
el de edificios tan conocidos como el Palacio de Comunicaciones,
el Hospital de Jornaleros de Maudes o el  de la sede del Instituto
Cervantes. Su obra ecléctica tiene influencias de la arquitectura de
Otto Wagner y de la Escuela de Chicago.

Besos,
R

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

1646. Rotterdam. Het Bouwcentrum















Dear Jan,

"Life is a circle. The end of one journey is the beginning
of the next one" (Joseph M. Marshall III)

Best,
R

Monday, May 14, 2018

1645. Valencia, España. Club Náutico.















Querido primo Juan,

He encontrado por casualidad alguna información sobre Javier
Goerlich el arquitecto municipal y mayor de Valencia desde 1924
hasta 1956 que influyó notablemente en la reformas urbanas del
centro y en el perfil de la ciudad moderna. En la foto de la postal
se puede ver una joya de la arquitectura racionalista diseñada por
él que fue lamentablemente derribada en 1984.

Besos y abrazos,
R

Friday, May 11, 2018

1644. The Viceroy's House New Delhi, India














Dear Tanu,

"...and any stone being mentally handled must become
endowed with such poetry and artistry as God as given you"
(Edwin Lutyens)

Regards from magnificent Rashtrapati Bhavan,
R

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

1643. Karl-Marx-Stadt H.O. Warenhaus















Querido abuelo,

Los antiguos almacenes Schocken de Chemnitz en una
foto postal posterior a 1945 cuando fueron convertidos
en H.O. Warehaus. Hoy en día albergan el Museo de
Arqueología del estado para lo cual fue restaurado a
su forma original a la vez que adaptado a su nuevo uso
en 2015.

Besos,
R

Monday, May 7, 2018

1642. Trento, Palazzo delle scuole Raffaello Sanzio
















Dear Raffaello,

"The limits of architecture are its strength. Its inability to give
form to a transient idea, its inevitable tendency to stabilize, is
the latent power of architecture" (David Chippefield)

Ciao,
R

Friday, May 4, 2018

1641.The Design Museum. "Plain Space" exhibition installation designed by John Pawson.





















Dear Nicholas,

"The goal here was to communicate the thinking
and give a sense of the body of work, whilst also
engaging the widest possible audience. Since
engagement is facilitated by first hand experience,
a site-specific, 1:1 installation was conceived as a
key element -the first time anyone had constructed
a building inside the Design Museum"
(John Pawson)

Warm regards,
R

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

1640. The Design Museum's Shad Thames home.





















Dear Dylan,

This charming building was the home of the
world's first museum of mass-produced design.
The building was originally a former 1940s
banana warehouse and was converted to
resemble a building in the international Modernist
Style of the 1930s. In fact, people used to call it
"Bauhaus on Thames"

Best regard,
R

Monday, April 30, 2018

1639. Stadsbiblioteket Stockholm
















Dear Olof,

This is an interesting replica of an old postcard dated in
1929. The drawing on the original card was probably made
by Sven Malm and is signed with the word Vulc.

Regards,
R

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

1638. The Philadelphia Savings Fund Society Bldg.





















Querido Valentín,

Aqui te mando una postal antigua que muestra el
primer rascacielos moderno del mundo.
Lo aprendimos de tu padre que lo conocía y
admiraba.

Enhorabuena,
R