Friday, October 31, 2014

1096. The Teikoku Hotel, Tokyo
















Dear Richard,

"They all listened and they understood, in a way. But finally
the chief rose to his feet and said: Mr Wright, (he spoke very
good English) you are a very famous architect. You wouldn't
come here and try to build us something that would fall down;
and while we do not understand the principles  that you have
tried to explain to us, we have confidence that you will do
something from which we can learn. You may go ahead and
build your building and we will watch and we will hope to
learn" (Frank Lloyd Wright)

Regards,
R

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

1095. Helsinki. The eastern orthodox cathedral and modern architecture
















Dear Carlo,

"Architecture must have charm; it is a factor of beauty in
society. But real beauty is not a conception of form which
can be taught, it is the result of harmony between several
intrinsic factors, not least the social." (Alvar Aalto)

Best,
R

Monday, October 27, 2014

1094. Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Japan















Dear Kazuyo,

"Space is the breath of art" (Frank Lloyd Wright)

Compliments,
R

Friday, October 24, 2014

1093. Humana Building
















Dear Fernando,

"Good design to me is both appearance and functionality
together. It’s the experience that makes it good design"
(Michael Graves)

Best wishes,
R

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

1092. Hallenstadion Zurich-Oerlikon
















Dear Mercedes,

"The achievement of Swiss architects rests less upon
pioneering work in the field of structure and form that
on the love of perfection and quality, in the painstaking
execution of details and in a highly developed sense of
social responsibility."(Jürgen Joedicke)

Cheers,
R

Monday, October 20, 2014

1091. Brasilia. Vista aerea do Palacio Itamarati
















Dear Philip,

"After all, what remains in architecture are the monumental
works, the ones that mark history and technical evolution,
those that socially justified or not, still touch us".
(Oscar Niemeyer)

Regards,
R

Friday, October 17, 2014

1090. New York City. The Freedom Tower





















Dear Daniel,

“Freedom is what we do with what is
done to us.” (Jean-Paul Sartre)

Cheers,
R

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

1089. Dubai. Burj Khalifa





















Dear Ann,

2010 Burj Khalifa.

Total height: 2,755 ft
Floor area: 3,331,100 sqf
Cost: about $1,500,000,000
Floor count: 163
Elevators: 57
Occupancy: 135,000 people
Parking spaces 14,000

1956 Mile High Skyscraper by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Total height: 5,680 ft
Floor area: 6,000,000 sqf
Cost: about  $522,000,000 (60,000,000 in 1956)
Floor count: 528
Elevators: 76
Occupancy: 100,000 people
Parking spaces 15,000

"Reality can be beaten with enough
imagination"(Mark Twain)

Regards,
R


Monday, October 13, 2014

1088. Hotel Jagua, Punta Gorda, Cienfuegos, Cuba















Estimada Maria,

En esta antigua imagen en color se muestra la singular
composicion de la fachada trasera del Hotel Jagua. La
combinacion ritmica de los antepechos ciegos coloreados
de los balcones de las habitaciones forman un gigantesco
mural no exento de ciertas connotaciones neoplasticistas.

Enhorabuena por su libro.
R


Friday, October 10, 2014

1087. Tbilisi, Georgia. Bridge of Peace.
















Dear Pietro,

"To me the ultimate goal of Design is to promote pursuit
of knowledge through objects" (Michele De Lucchi)

Saluti,
R

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

1086. The California Aerospace Museum. Los Angeles





















Dear Sam,

"An architect is given a program, budget,
place, and schedule. Sometimes the end
product rises to art -or at least people
call it that-." (Frank Gehry)

Regards,
R

Monday, October 6, 2014

1085. Hundertwasserhaus





















Dear Pat & Dudley,

"Window in rank and file are sad, 
windows must be able to dance."
(Friedensreich Hundertwasser)

Love.
R

Friday, October 3, 2014

1084. Motel El Hidalgo. Valdepeñas


























Querida Miguel Angel,

El Motel Hidalgo situado en Valdepeñas planteo
explicitamente el modelo americano de motel de
carretera. Sus modernas lineas horizontales, sus torres
anuncios, sus materiales ligeros a base de madera,
ladrillo y carpinteria metalica pretendieron implantar una
temprana modernidad en la meseta castellana

Un abrazo,
R

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

1083. Oslo. Samfunnshuset




























Dear Magnus,

This compelling community center in Oslo is a premature
example of a mixed use building. Built in 1940 the center
houses a conference center, large meeting rooms for the
community, offices, and multiple stores. The compositions
of the muscular but elegant facades are consistent with the
different interior functions.

Regards,
R



Monday, September 29, 2014

1082. Cristovam Dias. Piscina da Quinta da Conceição





















Querido Carlos,

Las sabias palabras del maestro Siza
que afirman que el mundo entero y
su entera memoria continuamente diseñan
la ciudad han resonado en mi mente al
completar mi ascension a la pequeña
Acropolis de muros blancos que es la
piscina de Quinta da Conceição.

Un saludo afectuoso,
R

Friday, September 26, 2014

1081. Das Verwaltungsgebaude der Hamburgischen Electricitats-Werke

















Querido Juan,

"Cuando en 1925 se me otorgó la medalla de plata en
París por el diseño de una silla me enviaron el programa
a casa en el que bajo una imagen de la misma se podía
leer "artista: Arne Jacobsen". Después de leerlo mi padre
me dijo: esto debe estar equivocado hijo mio, tú no eres
ningun artista, y además estás demasiado gordo para
llegar a serlo"
(Arne Jacobsen)

Un abrazo,
R

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

1080. Parador Nacional de Santa Catalina, Jaen

































Querido Paquillo,

Dentro del recinto de la alcazaba y junto al castillo de
Santa Catalina, esta enclavado el Parador de Jaen,
proyectado por José Luis Picardo y finalizado en 1965.
Este hotel parador es considerado uno de los mejores
castillos habitables de Europa. En su interior destaca el
gran salon de boveda de arista de 20 metros de altura
previo al comedor del parador.

Un abrazo,
R

Monday, September 22, 2014

1079. Capilla Ecumenica La Paz. Panoramica de la bahia de Acapulco desde el Hotel Las Brisas.















Querida Lupe,

"El lugar donde se celebra la fe debe proyectar sencillez,
verdad, honestidad, serenidad, acogida, respeto y
tambien catequesis" (Fray Gabriel Chavez de la Mora)

Besos,
R

Friday, September 19, 2014

1078. Folkets Hus i Stockholm




























Dear Stefano,

" I would argue that Modern Swedish architecture
represents a natural evolution of our traditional
way to build" (Sven Markelius)

Best wishes,
R

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

1077. Residencia infantil de verano de Cristaleria Española. Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid















Querida Cristina,

"La gran cubierta flotante hizo que clasificaramos el edificio
como "hidromadre", gran protectora de los niños, que como
pollitos salen y se expanden de dentro afuera, al sol y al
aire" (Alejandro de la Sota)

Besos,
R

Monday, September 15, 2014

1076. Wien I, Postsparkassen-Amt.


























Dear Doug,

I am sending you an interesting historic record in the form
of a vintage postcard that shows a 1907 early view of the
Postal Savings Bank in Vienna, just one year after the
building completion. This edifice, an undisputed icon of
early modernism, is unique because of its simultaneous
sense of classicism and modernity.

Regards,
R

Friday, September 12, 2014

1075. Boots Building, Beeston, Nottingham, UK















Dear Dennis,


The Boots D10 Building in Nottingham is largely considered
to be one of the most expressive examples of functional
architecture and a masterpiece of the Modern Movement.
A wonderful sense of lightness is achieved in this building
thanks to the extensive use of glazing that gives evidence of
the activity within the almost entirely transparent building.
This and other details such as the beveled floor slab's edge
were later reinterpreted by Stirling and Gowan in their
much celebrated Leicester Engineering building.

Best wishes,
R

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

1074. Villa Mairea, Sauna

















Dear Marie,

The materials and the scale used by Aalto in this famous
house make me think about many features typically seen
in vernacular Japanese architecture. A long time ago I read
that when Aalto was designing Villa Mairea he used to
wear a kimono that he received as a gift from a Japanese
ambassador.

Regards,
R

Monday, September 8, 2014

1073. Hotel Condesa del Mar, Acapulco















Querida Inés,

Hoy vuelvo a tu Mexico lindo y querido para admirar
esta obra de Mario Pani, uno de los grandes renovadores
de la arquitectura moderna mexicana. Sus tan
características fachadas personalizan elegantemente el
edificio en el paisaje natural y construido y sirven además
de eficaz protección solar actuando como celosias gigantes
que permiten la circulación cruzada a través del edificio.

Besos,
R

Friday, September 5, 2014

1072. Kuwait City






















Querido Daniel,

"La Geometria es un arte metodico que
expone los resultados de las investigaciones
sobre las plantas y sobre todos los vegetales;
por eso llamamos geometras, es decir
expertos en plantas, a los medicos que
recurren a este arte"
(Raymond Queneau, Orillas)

Con todo mi afecto,
R

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

1071. Abdij S. Benedictusberg. Vaals, Voorplein
















Dear Margaret,

"It's doesn't make sense anymore to define the shapes of
things by their height, length and width, i.e. by imposing
them the three dimensions of our body, but now we impose
our stay in standing, sitting and lying on things themselves, in
this case on the buildings, which rise as towers, houses and
arcades, within the space of nature."
(Instruments of Order, Father Hans van der Laan)

Peace,
R

Monday, September 1, 2014

1070. Bibliotheca Alexandrina
















Dear Chris,

"The new Bibliotheca Alexandrina was conceived as a revival
of the ancient library in the city  founded by Alexander the
Great some 2,300 years ago and lost to civilization centuries
later. Its vast circular form alongside the circular Alexandrian
harbor recalls the cyclical nature of knowledge, fluid throughout
time." (Snøhetta)

Best,
R

Friday, August 29, 2014

1069. Madrid, Nuevos Ministerios
















Querido Ines,

Esta imagen del edificio de los Nuevos Ministerios aun
inacabado nos transporta ilusoriamente a un Madrid
pasado que soñaba con convertirse en una gran urbe
moderna. El gran arquitecto Zuazo imagino esta obra
fundiendo armonicamente las lineas de un racionalismo
moderno con las tipicas del mejor clasicismo
materializadas en el Monasterio del Escorial.
Es una pena que esta gran obra no pudo llevarse a
cabo siguiendo fielmente el proyecto original de Zuazo
que incluia acabados en ladrillo en vez de en piedra y
una gran torre, a la derecha de la imagen, para equilibrar
la potente horizontalidad del conjunto.

Besos,
R

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

1068. Alvar Aaalto Museo, Jyväskylä


















Dear Logan,

This is the other Aalto museum that stands below the Central
Finland Museum on the edge of the Jyväskylä ridge and that
I mentioned in my earlier postcard. Since its foundation this
museum has become an important center of Aalto studies
and houses an outstanding collection of the furniture designed
by this architect.

Regards,
R

Monday, August 25, 2014

1067. Keski-Suomen Museo



























Dear Logan,

The Central Finland Museum in Jyväskylä is a modest
regional museum designed by Alvar Aalto and built in
1960. It stands on a steep ridge of this city just above
the later Alvar Aalto Museum that was built in 1974.
This museum comprises a small lecture theater in the
upper floor that resembles the famous auditorium of
the Viipuri Library.

Regards,
R

Friday, August 22, 2014

1066. Corporacion Venezolana de Guayana

















Dear Malcolm,

Located at Guayana City the CVG office building resembles
the form of a Mesoamerican pyramid with its roof comb on
the top. However this powerful shape is constituted uniquely
by a serie of sun-shading brick wall devices, while another
recessed structure, concealed behind, houses the office and
service spaces. Old and new architecture are harmoniously
intermingled in this wise design.

Best regards,
R
  

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

1065. The Atheneum, New Harmony, Indiana















Dear Jim,

"I like to believe that Architecture connects the present
with the past and the tangible with the intangible"
(Richard Meier)

Regards,
R

Monday, August 18, 2014

1064. Werkbund. Ausstellung Die Wohnung.
















Dear Juan and Cristina,

"We call buildings the things that yield space as a
result of being able to establish a place"
(Martin Heidegger)

L
R

Friday, August 15, 2014

1063. Art Center, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
















Querido Eduardo,

"Yo quisiera hacer una habitacion, asi sin esperanza,
llena de una lluvia, cayendo sobre una conversacion
indiferente" (Juan Muñoz)

Un abrazo de los tuyos,
R

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

1062. Tanger. Boulevar Pasteur





















Tito,

Algun dia tu y yo volveremos a pasear 
juntos. Esa vez podremos ir a lugares 
lejanos donde tu soñabas visitar. 
Pero primero iremos a Madrid y 
pasaremos junto al edificio Capitol en 
la Plaza del Callao. 
Luego, ya si, como sin darnos cuenta,
iremos a Tanger y veremos el edificio 
Goicoechea en el siempre animado 
bulevar Pasteur.

Besos,

Monday, August 11, 2014

1061. Vaasa. Huutoniemi Church

















Dear Timo,

"Only that that can be applied in a general way has permanent
value. It protrudes above local and chronological constraints,
it withstands after rigorous and impartial criticisms, and
eventually it becomes part of mankind cultural heritage"
(Aarno Ruusuvuori)

Kind regards,
R

Friday, August 8, 2014

1060. Maison du Peuple, Bienne-Biel















Dear Hans,

Regards from Bienne-Biel, the city of precise micro 
mechanisms! The old house of the people with its sharply
defined arrangement of parts each well adjusted to their
functions looks to me like a giant timepiece.

R

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

1059. Zonnestraal Sanatorium voor arbeidstherapie
















Dear Albert,

"...this spiritual economy leads to the most appropriate
construction, depending on the material used and evolves
steadily towards dematerialisation, spiritualisation..."
(Jan Duiker)

Regards,
R

Monday, August 4, 2014

1058. Breslau, Petersdorff und Magdalenenkirche















Querido abuelo Joaquin,

Me alegré mucho al encontrar esta vieja postal de Breslau
(Breslavia en español y actualmente Wroclaw en polaco).
Al fondo se ve la iglesia católica medieval de Santa María
Magdalena con sus dos altas torres que fueron desmochada
durante la segunda guerra mundial y que es como se pueden
contemplar hoy en día.
A la derecha de la imagen aparece el edificio expresionista
de los almacenes Petersdorff, obra de Erich Mendelsohn
inaugurado en Marzo de1928. La enérgica y maravillosa
horizontalidad de lineas de éste edificio contrasta fuertemente
con la verticalidad de la cercana iglesia, y los miradores
redondeados en el vértice de la fachada del Petersdorff
parecen dialogar con las ventanas salientes en la esquina del
edificio de viviendas de enfrente.
Esta postal se envió originalmente en 1932, sólo cuatro años
después de acabado el edificio. Hoy, 82 años más tarde te la
vuelvo a enviar a tí, porque sé que te gustará mucho recibirla.

Besos para ti y para la abuela.
R

Friday, August 1, 2014

1057. Municipal Assembly Hall. Kranj, Slovenia
















Dear Vladimir,

"Tradition is a preserved progress; progress is a continuation
of tradition." (Edvard Ravnikar)

Best wishes,
R