Friday, July 19, 2019

1772. Abboud Building, Rashid Street, Baghdad
















Dear Robert,

"A story inhabits the memory of each one of us, inhabits the
features, the face and the words with which we speak."
(Rifat Chadirji)

Respectfully,
R

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

1771. Bruxelles Radio-diffusion Nationale Belge


























Querida Ester,

Esta es una tarjeta postal contemporanea de la estructura
mostrada: El Institituto Nacional de Radiodifusión de
Ixelles. El diseño del edificio muestra claras influencias
de la arquitectura holandesa de Berlage y de la alemana
expresionista de Mendelsohn. Los interiores con
maravillosos acabados y detalles están desarrollados en estilo
Art Decó.

R

Friday, July 12, 2019

1770. Lakeuden Risti. Seinäjoki















Querido Louis,

Esta es la iglesia Lakeuden Ristin kirkko construida por Aalto y
que se podría traducir al español con un nombre tan poético como
Iglesia de la Cruz de las Planicies. Su gran cruz de casi 70 metros
de altura sobre la gran extensión rural y plana sobre la que se
asentaba Seinäjoki explica sin embargo su nombre mucho más
prosaicamente. Parece que Aalto entendió bien el espíritu de este
lugar ya que Seinäjoki creció entorno a algunos cruces importantes
de ferrocarril.  Una gran Cruz en el aire para otras grandes cruces
surcadas en la tierra.

Besos,
R

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

1769. Palacio de los Deportes, Santander, Cantabria

















Querido Sergio,

Cuánto medía el pulpo negro
Que oscureció la paz del día?
Eran de hierro sus ramales
Y de fuego muerto sus ojos?
Y la ballena tricolor
Por qué me atajó en el camino?

Pablo Neruda

R

Friday, July 5, 2019

1768. Alvar Aalto Museum, Jyväskylä





















Querido Arkhe,

"La belleza en arquitectura es la armonía entre el propósito y
la belleza" (Alvar Aalto)

Besos a todos,
R

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

1767. Zonnestraal














Dear Patrik,

"In hospital people should be able to have time to themselves"
(Zaha Hadid)

Sincerely,
R

Friday, June 28, 2019

1766. Denver International Airport

















Dear Ken,

"We took all the mechanicals off the roof. This freed us to
create a superlight cutting-edge structure, a canopy saturated
with light. In doing so, it saved the airport thousands of tons
of steel and reduced the construction schedule by nine months.”
(Curtis Fentress)

Respectfully,
R

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

1765. Marseille Unite d'habitation
















Dear David,

"This is the first manifestation of an environment suited to modern
life" (Le Corbusier)

Sincerely,
R

Friday, June 21, 2019

1764. La Coruña. Vista aérea. Plaza María Pita, Palacio Municipal y Mercado de San Agustín















Querida Cristina

Una vista aérea de La Coruña en donde se puede ver en la parte
superior izquierda la estructura de arcos parabólicos del Mercado
de San Agustín. Esta obra está inspirada en edificios
centroeuropeos modernos de la épocas y especialmente en Les
Halles Centrales de Reims de Eugène Freyssinet.

Besos,
R

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

1763. Södersjukhuset, Stockholm South General Hospital.















Dear Michael,

"This life is a hospital in which every patient is possessed with a
desire to change his bed" (Charles Baudelaire)

Regards,
R

Friday, June 14, 2019

1762. Hotel Xenia, interior, Poros.















Dear Ada,

"If nature were snug, humans wouldn't have created architecture"
(Aris Konstantinidis)

Truly,
R

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

1761. Idrætshøjskolen Aarhus
















Dear Walter,

"Ability is what you are capable of doing. motivation determines
what you do, and attitude determines how well you do it."
(Lou Holtz)

Sincerely,
R

Friday, June 7, 2019

1760. Helsinki Taidehalli (Art Gallery)















Dear Louise,

"Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth" (Pablo Picasso)

Best,
R

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

1759. Löwenberg i. Schl. Rathaus















Dear Deborah,

"Through art man places himself outside nature, with technics
he places himself inside nature" (Hans Poelzig)

The Löwenberg city hall was built in the XIV century,
renovated by Poelzig in 1903-1905, destroyed in 1945, and
rebuilt in 1958.

Sincerely,
R

Friday, May 31, 2019

1758. Museo Nacional de Arte Romano, Mérida, Extremadura, España





















Querida Cristina,

"A mí me gusta pensar que el término arquitectura vale tanto para
la prosa como para la poesía" (Rafael Moneo)

Besos,
R

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

1757. Cultural Education Center, Albany, N.Y.














Dear Raymond,

"Architecture is the biggest unwritten document of history"
(Daniel Libeskind)

Sincerely,
R

Friday, May 24, 2019

1756. Sporvejsmuseet skjoldenæsholm, Århus, DK














Dear Mark,

"If a building becomes architecture then it is art"
(Arne Jacobsen)

Best regards,
R

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

1755. Bat'ovany Partizánske, Slovakia
















Dear Henrieta,

The industrial and housing garden city in Bat'ovany was the last
BATA company development built by architect and urban designer
Jirí Voženílek before WWII. The center of the city is dominated by
a large catholic church that can be seen to the right and was
designed by another great architect: Vladimír Karfík.

Respectfully,
R

Friday, May 17, 2019

1754. Kouvola, Uimahalli















Querido Juan,

La piscina municipal cubierta de Kouvola fue diseñada e iniciada
por Jorma Järvi hasta que este murió en 1962. Continuó su labor
hasta la finalización de las obras Erkki Heloma. Järvi fué también
el arquitecto de la piscina del estadio de Helsinki y uno de los que
diseñó la sede central de correos y comunicaciones en la capital
finesa.

Con afecto,
R

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

1753. Hotel de Mar, Palma de Mallorca, España

















Querida Cristina,

"En los caminos diversos que sigue cada arquitecto consciente
tiene que haber algo común, algo que debe estar en todos nosotros"
(José Antonio Coderch de Sentmenat)

Besos,
R

Friday, May 10, 2019

1752. Edificio Atalaya, Barcelona, España















Querida Angeles,

"Solamente puedes enseñar aquello en lo que creas profundamente,
lo que no tienes asumido, no se transmite" (Federico Correa)

Afectuosamente,
R

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

1751. The Hiroshima Prefectural Office



Dear Koji,

Modern architecture in Japan demands some visits to this country.
The Hiroshima office building, with its serene and clean
composition is a good example of it.

Best regards.
R

Friday, May 3, 2019

1750. Republique Rwandaise. Monastere de Gihindamuyaga















Dear Lucio,

"What we have been doing for years is to ask people to help us
organize their landscape. We are the architects and I don’t want
to escape from that responsibility of being or deciding, but I do
not want to decide alone" (Lucien Kroll)

Sincerely,
R

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

1749. Dakar. Le Palais du Grand Conseil















Dear Jean,

"If the eyes do not admire, the heart will not desire"
(Senegalese proverb)

Sincerely,
R

Friday, April 26, 2019

1748. Hotel Las Salinas Costa Teguise Lanzarote
















Querida Lola,

"El arte no es un problema de inspiración sino de transpiración"
(Fernando Higueras)

Agradecido,
R

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

1747. Hôtel de Ville de Yaoundé. Cameroun
















Cristina,

Yaundé es la capital de Camerún. Es también la segunda ciudad
más poblada del país después de Duala. Fue fundada por
comerciantes alemanes en 1888 como centro para el comercio de
marfil.
Su ayuntamiento, diseñado por el arquitecto francés Armand
Salomon, me recuerda tristemente, con sus expresivos pilares, una
pila de colmillos de elefantes.

Besos,
R

Friday, April 19, 2019

1746. Bacardi Rum Plant, Cataño, Puerto Rico














Querido Félix,

"Lo que a todo ser humano le gustaría es ser completamente libre
para dar salida a lo que lleva dentro, a cada capacidad que se posee,
a cada talento" (Jørn Utzon)

Siempre agradecido,
R

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

1745. Palacio de Festivales, Santander, Cantabria





















Querido Paco,

"La arquitectura debe ser hermosa aunque no funcione; capaz de
conmover aunque tenga goteras" (Francisco J. Saenz de Oiza)

Un abrazo,
R

Friday, April 12, 2019

1744. Copenhagen. Bellevue Bathing Beach















Dear Kjeld,

This is a vintage postcard featuring one of the two curved kiosks
sided with sheet metal decorated with colorful advertisings Arne
Jacobsen designed at Bellevue bathing beach.

Sincerely,
R

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

1743. Stockholmutställningen 1930 Parkrestauranten















Dear Peter,

"Asplund found a direct path to nature and its world of forms"
(Alvar Aalto)

Sincerely,
R

Friday, April 5, 2019

1742. Equitable Building, Chicago





















Dear John,

“Natalie de Blois and Gordon Bunshaft were a team, he took all the
credit and she did all the work.” (Beverly Willis)

Sincerely,
R

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

1741. Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux















Dear Jean,

"The building's purity and geometrical clarity inspires a sense
of monumentality and gracefulness."(Herzog & de Meuron)

Regards,
R

Friday, March 29, 2019

1740. Lord's Cricket Ground. Media Center














Dear Ryan,

The Media Center was built by a shipyard in Cornwall and when
finished in 1999 was the first all aluminium building of the world.
The leader designer was Czech architect Jan Kaplický.

Regards,
R

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

1739. Sarajevo Nova željeznička stanica















Dear Miljenko,

The new Railway Station of Sarajevo was designed by architects
from Czechoslovakia and East Germany and finished by Croatian
and Bosnian architects. Works started in 1947 and ends in 1953.
The station was declared National Monument in 2018.

Respectfully,
R

Friday, March 22, 2019

1738. Malmo Stadsteater. Salongen














Dear Ingrid,

"We are invited into the dark. Enveloped in the heart of darkness
that calls on all the senses to measure its limits, we are compelled
to pause." (Sigurd Lewerentz)

Respectful,
R

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

1737. Roosevelt (former Jai Alai) Club, Manila














Dear María Lourdes,

At the vacant lot where today is the controversial Torre de Manila
it used to stand the Roosevelt Club, former Jai Alai that you may
remember have seen or even visited.
This wonderful Streamline Moderne landmark was sadly
demolished in 2000 but it is still remembered by many.

Warm regards,
R

Friday, March 15, 2019

1736. Haludovo Palace Hotel, Krk, Malinska, Croatia





























Dear Josip,

"You have to feel, experience and understand the space's spirit
in which you create." (Boris Magaš)

Sincerely,
R