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)


Friday, April 1, 2016

1318. Breakfast at Sardis's-Hollywood Blvd. near Vine

Dear Richard,

"Sight is not the sense that allows us perceive architecture
but living" (Rudolph Schindler)


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

1317. Linkoping, Folkets hus.

Dear Stefano,

"I don't think the best way to solve urban problems is by means
of rising urban density. In my opinion, it is better to focusing on
a balanced integration between town and countryside"
(Sven Markelius)

Best wishes,

Monday, March 28, 2016

1316. Bradbury Building, Los Angeles, CA

Dear Rachael,

"Announcer: A new life awaits you in the Off-world colonies!
A chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and

-Blade Runner (1982)

Good luck,

Friday, March 25, 2016

1315. Bilbao, Zubi-Zuri

Dear Iñaki,

"l'architettura dipende dalle membra dell'uomo"
(Michelangelo Buonarroti)


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

1314. The Oakland Museum

Dear James,

"Scale is a very elusive aspect of architecture and of course it
relates to the particulat nature, use, environment, and location
of the building." (Kevin Roche)


Monday, March 21, 2016

1313. Chiesa Nostra Signora del Cadore, (Borca)

Querido Arrigo,

Como el maestro Scarpa que dibujaba con ambas manos,
no pude evitar poner mis manos en los maravillosos
materiales pensados por él para esta iglesia en las
montañas. Es cierto, la arquitectura de Scarpa no se puede
visitar con las manos en los bolsillos...

Saludos cordiales,

Friday, March 18, 2016

1312. Manila International Airport

Dear Tina,

"I have always thought that what happens inside a building
should relate to the outside."( Leandro V. Locsin)

Best regards,

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

1311. Willis, Faber, and Dumas Ltd.,Ipswich, Suffolk, England

Dear Wendy,

"Architecture is a connection with the past. However, our concern
is not for relics but for the revitalization of historic buildings,
repurposing them for a new generation. Architecture can
communicate memory, but it can also communicate values and a
sense of place." (Norman Foster)


Monday, March 14, 2016

1310. Ayamonte. Puente V Centenario

Queridos Cristina y Alberto,

La libélula

Cuando pienso en lo mejor de la infancia recuerdo el leve
aleteo de la libélula sobre el charco: el mundo era rojo y
brillante como su cuerpo y el futuro olía como la tierra
mojada tras las lluvias de septiembre. No sé si entonces
comprendía la belleza de aquel rubí detenido en el aire.
Pero sentía su poder: mantenía a raya los inviernos.
(Rafael Argullol-El Puente de Fuego)

Besos y abrazos,

Friday, March 11, 2016

1309. Plaza de la Encarnación, Sevilla

Querido José Luís,

seta. 2. f. Cualquier especie de hongo, comestible o no, con forma
de sombrilla, sostenida por un pedicelo.

encarnación. 3. f. Personificación, representación o símbolo de
una idea, doctrina.

Un abrazo,

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

1308. Hillside Drafting Studio. Taliesin

Hola Cristina,

Visitando la maravillosa Taliesin East en Spring Green,
Wisconsin. Esta es una imagen de la gran sala de dibujo
que Frank Lloyd Wright llamaba el bosque abstracto.
En este espacio Wright dibujó muchas de sus obras
maestras como la casa de la cascada, las oficinas para
Johnson & Son o el museo Guggenheim de Nueva York.

Besos a todos.

Monday, March 7, 2016

1307. Chiesa di Collina di Pontelung (Pistoia)

Dear Pietro,

"The small and moving church of Collina is where Michelucci
attempted to rescue the anonymous language and the continuity
between cottage and land in the peasant world." (Bruno Zevi)


Friday, March 4, 2016

1306. Matosinhos, Portugal

Dear Alberto,

"The design of one house is almost the same as the design of
another: walls, windows, doors, roof. And yet it is unique.
Each element is transformed as it comes into relation with
another." (Alvaro Siza)

Warm regards,

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

1305. Fortes Dell Restaurant, Hyde Park, London

Dear Ray,

"...but the British public's antipathy to modernism changes
very slowly."(Dennis Sharp)

A charming interior view of the Dell Restaurant, one of the two
restaurants (the other, The Serpentine, demolished in 1990)
built in Hyde Park by modernist architect Patrick Gwynne.


Monday, February 29, 2016

1304. Tschumipaviljoen, Groningen

Dear Tom,

"The general public will almost always stand behind the
traditionalists. In the public eye, architecture is about comfort,
about shelter, about bricks and mortar." (Bernard  Tschumi)


Friday, February 26, 2016

1303. La Concha Motel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Dear Daemon,

"If I allow the fact that I am a Negro to checkmate my will to do
I will inevitably form the habit of being defeated."
(Raul Revere Williams--Most successful African-American 
architect of the 20th Century)


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

1302. Hotel Žiča. Mataruška Banja, Serbia

Dear Roberto,

I enjoyed your movie and the hotel as well. Watching it at the
open-air cinema located on the roof terrace of this functionalist
little gem was an unforgettable experience.

Thank you,

Monday, February 22, 2016

1301. Haus de Arbeiterprese, Pressa-Koln

Dear Frank,

This is a handsome view of the functionalist workers press
pavilion in the International Exhibition of the Modern Press,
Advertising, and Publishing that was held in Cologne (Germany)
between May and October of 1928.


Friday, February 19, 2016

1300. Alg. Ziekenhuis Zonnestraal, Hilversum

Estimado Jan,

"La técnica de la construcción ha de perfeccionarse a sí misma;
ha de ser económica y adaptarse a su orden, es decir a la
realización simultánea de la causa y el efecto". (Jan Duiker)


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

1299. Roma. Palazzo dello Sport. Interno

Dear Mario,

“The conception of a structural system is a creative action only
partly based on scientific data; static sensitivity entering in this
process, although deriving from equilibrium and strength
considerations, remains, in the same way as aesthetic sensitivity,
an essentially personal aptitude" (Pier Luigi Nervi)

Best regards,

Monday, February 15, 2016

1298. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015

Querido Pedro,

"No entiendo la arquitectura en sí misma como un foco de
atención. Siempre pienso en ese marco en el que deberíamos
ser capaces de vivir la vida, ya sea leer un libro en una biblioteca,
hacer la comida en una casa o trabajar en la mesa de una oficina".
(David Chipperfield)

PS. En la imagen de la postal que recibí desde Madrid, la Galería
‘Am Kupfergraben 10’ en Berlín.