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

Monday, April 23, 2018

1637. The Secretariats of the Government of India, New Delhi















Dear Tanu,

There is a poet in the architect...

Regards,
R

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

1636. Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove CA





















Dear Roberto,

The famous Crystal Cathedral is being renovated and will open
its doors by 2019.  It will be renamed Christ Cathedral
and became the new seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of
Orange County.

Regards,
R

Monday, April 16, 2018

1635. Lappeenranta. Lauritsalan Kirkko
















Dear Paul,

Lauritsala church in Lappeeranta on the shore of lake
Saimaa in southeastern Finland was designed around the
idea of an equilateral triangle representing the Holy Trinity.

Regards,
R

Friday, April 13, 2018

1634. House of Worship. United Church of Rowayton, CT














Dear Michael,

"The Rowayton Church is a superbly functional unit. Though
it is several light years removed from the rigid geometry usually
associated with the term "functional", It serves the varied needs
of the parish to perfection." (Robert Mutrux, Great New England 
Churches)

Sincerely,
R

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

1633. Kalevan kirkko

















Dear Sibylle,

Tampere will be a nice place to visit one summer.  The
Kaleva and Hervanta parishes by the Pietiläs, or the Liehlati
church by Turunen will be a good way to start exploring the
city.

Best,
R

Monday, April 9, 2018

1632. La Pedrera. Casa Milá

















Querido Walter,

"Las casas nuestras tenían pues, algo de campamentos. O
de empresas descubridoras" (Pablo Neruda, Confieso que
he vivido)

Un abrazo,
R

Friday, April 6, 2018

1631. Mrs. Thomas H. Gale House
















Dear Theo,

A little house that is considered a forerunner of one of
the most famous and beautiful houses ever built:
Fallingwater in Mill Run.

Best,
R

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

1630. Kimbell Art Museum. Fort Worth TX
















Dear Sibylle,

"Design is not making beauty; beauty emerges from selection,
affinities, integration, love" (Luis I. Kahn)

R

Monday, April 2, 2018

1629. Kunnantalo.Säynätsalo
















Dear Erki,

"Nothing is more dangerous in architecture as dealing with
separate problems. If we do this we split the possibilities of
making good building art" (Alvar Aalto)

Sincerely,
R

Monday, March 26, 2018

1628. Rovaniemi Library, Finland















Dear Elissa,

"The library was built in 1965 and has one of Aalto's most
successful late interiors with several changes of level and with
lighting designed to exploit the low northern sun."
(J.M. Richards. 800 Years of Finnish Architecture. Vancouver:
David and Charles, 1978. p.179)

Respectfully,
R