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,

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,

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)


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")


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,

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


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,

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)


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)


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)


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.


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.


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.


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,

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)


Friday, May 20, 2016

1339. Viipuri. Kirjastotalo

Dear Arne,

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


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)


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

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

Saludos afectuosos,

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)


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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

Querido Manolo,

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


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,

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)


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,

Monday, May 2, 2016

1331. Berlin-Siemensstadt, Jungfernheideweg

Dear Ise,

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


Friday, April 29, 2016

1330. Aarhus. Aerial view

Estimado Félix,

"El ayuntamiento fue diseñado hasta el último detalle;
incluso los pomos de las puertas y las cerraduras fueron
diseñadas y adjudicadas su fabricación. Así se hacían las
cosas en aquellos tiempos, cuando no existía tanta variedad
de elementos aceptables en el mercado" (Erik Møller)

Saludos afectuosos,

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

1329. Villa Savoye

Dear Tim,

"Standing in a field, you cannot see very far. What is more,
the soil is unhealthy, damp, etc. To live in it, consequently,
the real garden of the house will not be a ground level, but
above it, 3.5 meters up: this will be the hanging garden
whose surface is dry and healthy, and from it you will get
a good view of the landscape, much better than if you had
stayed below" (Le Corbusier)

Kind regards,

Monday, April 25, 2016

1328. Holyrood Building, Aug 2003. Queensberry House

Estimado Luis,

"Fue algo increible cuando me enteré de que había ganado el
concurso. Había puesto una botella de champán durante una
semana en la nevera, esperando y rezando que yo fuera el
ganador" (E. Miralles)


Friday, April 22, 2016

1327. Madrid. Retiro

Querida Pilar,

La polémica Torre de Valencia es un edificio que mira el
horizonte del Parque del Retiro. Sverre Fehn dijo alguna vez
que la arquitectura es aquello que hace visible el horizonte.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

1326. Guangzhou Opera House

Dear Frank,

"As an architect, your client is no longer a single person or type
of person - your client is everyone." (Zaha Hadid, 1950-2016)

Best wishes,

Monday, April 18, 2016

1325. Park Inn, Mason City, Iowa

Querido Eugenio,

"Cuida un hotel vacío, que está en la loma, frente al parque (...)
Fuí un par de veces a visitarlo, hay cuartos y cuartos
desocupados a lo largo de un pasillo. El duerme en distintas
camas, así, según dice, mantiene las piezas aireadas"
(Ricardo Piglia, "Los Diarios de Emilio Renzi. Los Años
de Formación)

Un abrazo sincero,

Friday, April 15, 2016

1324. Belo Horizonte. Conjunto Kubitschek

Dear Oscar,

"The unexpected, irregularity, surprise, or astonishment are
essential parts and characteristics of beauty"
(Charles Baudelaire)


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

1323. Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal

Dear Frank,

"Complexity and order create in the materials, the volumes,
and spaces a luminous vibration and permanent availability.
This is why architecture does not regulate behaviour in a
significant way; but is in no way a neutral framework"
(Alvaro Siza)

Best wishes,

Monday, April 11, 2016

1322. L'Institut international de l'innovation et de la prospective. Poitiers

Dear Antoine,

The Baha'i House of Worship was built by Fariborz Sahba
in New Delhi (India) in 1986, and the Innovation and Foresight
International Institute by Denis Laming in Poitiers (France), a
year later in 1987. Both buildings were clearly inspired by the
form of a lotus flower. The first one closed and the latest opened.


Friday, April 8, 2016

1321. Café de Unie, Rotterdam

Dear Hannes,

"De Unie is the first genuine example of a uniform attempt to
perfect architecture and advertising" (Walter Dexel, 1928)


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

1320. Madrid. Torre Picasso

Dear Inés,,

"I feel that architects must think of architecture as a result of
human experience. If we don't do this, architecture becomes
either an abstract form, an example of certain technique, a
clever device, a sculpture, or whatever it may be, which in any
case are only expressing the architect's individual desire while
thinking as an artist." (Minoru Yamasaki)


Monday, April 4, 2016

1319. Kursaal, San Sebastian - Donostia

Dear Paloma,

"In discussing the architecture of the Kursaal, it is essential
to mention the debt to the sculpture of Jorge Oteiza. Oteiza
helps us understand how primary solids are activated in the
hands of the sculptor, who imbues them with a desire for
motion." (Rafael Moneo)