Tuesday, December 29, 2009

352. Burroughs Wellcome Co.



Dear Tony,

"What the architect has to offer in the final analysis has
not changed through the centuries. Only the means
change, not the end" (Paul Rudolph)

Regards.
R

Sunday, December 27, 2009

351. Phaeno Science Center, Wolfsburg, Germany


Dear Ray & Charles,

Zaha Hadid says of the spaces in the ten "cones" that
support this building that the idea was to occupy structure;
structure becomes program.To me this is a smart revision
of conceptual ideas from Louis Kahn's Yale Art Center
project.

Cheers.
R

Friday, December 25, 2009

350. Lieksan Kirkko


Dear Aimee,

The crossed double arches that span the entire interior
volume and form the dome, seem to owe a debt to
Robert Maillart reinforced concrete structures according
to Malcolm Quantrill.

Merry Christmas to you.
R

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

349. Petronas Twin Towers. Kuala Lumpur


Dear Sean,

The Petronas Twin Towers were laid out
to symbolize grace and strength by means
of Islamic geometric rules.

Warm regards.
R

Monday, December 21, 2009

348. Tropicana Night Club, Havana, Cuba


Dear Anna,

Max Borges along with Felix Candela created in 1951
the very famous Tropicana's Arcos de Cristal. Many
pieces of furniture displayed were designed by American
designers Charles and Ray Eames. The Arcos de Cristal
was one of only few Cuban buildings included in the 1955
Museum of Modern Art exhibit entitled "Latin American
Architecture since 1945."

Regards.
R

Saturday, December 19, 2009

347. Zaragoza. Pabellon puente sobre el rio Ebro


Querido Carlos,

Siempre recordare a Rafael Gonzalez Sandino, con su
mano posada en la frente y sus ojos perdidos en el
infinito recitando a Rilke cuando nos hablaba de
arquitectura y filosofia:
(...) Si nosotros encontráramos también una pura,
contenida, estrecha, humana franja de huerto, nuestra,
entre el río y la roca (...)
(Rainier Maria Rilke “Las Elegías de Duíno” 1922)

Zaha Hadid construyo algo de esa franja, yo creo.

Abrazos.
R

Thursday, December 17, 2009

346. Algeciras (Cadiz) Plaza de Abastos


Mama,

"...el aire era alli el unico actor; actor , y al mismo
tiempo artifice sutil, coloreando y modelando
cuanto veias con ese tacto magico, que la realidad
y la pintura nordica desconocen, en el cual la
fuerza no excluye delicadeza ni la gracia severidad"
(Luis Cernuda: El Mercado)

Besos.
R

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

345. Sao Paulo. Vista Aerea Estadio Cicero Pompeu de Toledo, Morumbi


Cristina,

Artigas se dice pertenecer a una generacion de arquitectos
que luchaban por encontrar soluciones a todos los
problemas que surgian. En ese proceso humanistico
enciclopedico tan arduo Artigas supo ademas hacer poesia
de todo el. Gracias por descubrirme a este gran arquitecto.

Mil besos.
R

Sunday, December 13, 2009

344. Charles and Ray in the living room of the Eames House 1975




Dear Tanu,

I was very lucky last week when I had a chance of
visiting The Eames House. As you know, this house
was built in 1949 by husband-and-wife design pioneers
Charles & Ray Eames, to serve as their home and
studio. Since then the house has became a strong
architectural statement while remaining an amazingly
comfortable and functional living space. The interior
including furnitures and all kind of objects remains very
much the same they were in the Eames' lifetimes. Now
the Eames House is the home of the Eames Foundation.

See you on Monday.
R

Friday, December 11, 2009

343. The Garden Grove Community Church


Dear Jan,

The first walk-in/drive-in church built
in the world by Richard Neutra is more
an architectural environment rather than
a typical building. When the massive
windows open, the building becomes a
continuos environment throughout the
parking lot and beyond. Neutra said about
Garden Grove that it is a place where
anyone can sit not only in the sanctuary but
also in his car, familiar and dear to the
American as a second family home.

Hope you are doing well.
R

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

342. School ala Merelstraat. Hilversum


Dear Christy,

Nassau School in Hilversum, built1928 by W.M. Dudok,
was one of the building that he designed when appointed
as City Architect. Incidentally it is not included on Dudok's
Architectural Route on-line brochure, but I assure you it
deserves a visit.

Cheers.
R

Monday, December 7, 2009

341. Darmstadt. Kunstlerkolonie Portal Ernst-Ludwig-Haus



Dear Vincent,

This is the statement that appears
inscribed on the brow of the House
of Work's portal:
"The artist will show his world,
which never was, nor ever will be"
This is a shorter version of the one
inside the entrance of the Secession
building in Vienna.

Hope you are doing well.
R

Saturday, December 5, 2009

340. Hotel Las Salinas. Lanzarote. Islas Canarias



Querida Elsa,

Laminas de agua, ramas de arboles que se rozan con la
mano, la Alhambra de Granada, una gran cupula abierta,
jardin interior, oasis...
Asi es como Fernando imagino el Hotel en Teguise.

Un abrazo.
R

Thursday, December 3, 2009

339. Napoli. Nuovo Palazzo della Poste


Dear Anna,

"L'architettura può esprimere i caratteri più essenziali e
profondi della cultura attuale e formularli in sintesi d'arte?
Se no, il suo interesse decade. Se sì, questo è il suo
massimo compito. Alla luce di queste finalità se ne debbono
ricercare i massimi valori". (Giuseppe Vaccaro)

Cheers
R

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

338. Park Avenue. New York


Dear Koji,

"I am, in fact, completely opposed
to the idea that a specific building
should have an individual character.
Rather, I believe that it should
express a universal character which
has been determined by the total
problem which architecture must
strive to solve"
(Mies van der Rohe on the
Seagram Building)

Best regards.
R

Sunday, November 29, 2009

337. Cathedrale de la Resurrection Evry-Eassone


Cheri Francoise,

"J'ai pense au project de la
"Maison de Dieu" avec l'espoir de
construire la Maison de l'Homme"
(Mario Botta)

Cordialement
R

Friday, November 27, 2009

336. Sao Paulo Vista Parcial do Tunel Av. 9 de Julho com MASP


Cristi,

Aqui te mando una postal del MASP de Lina Bo Bardi
con una pequeña cita de ella que explica bien su forma
de pensar: "Time is a spiral, Beauty in itself is something
that doesn't really exist. It exists during a historic period
(of time), and then the fashion changes it becomes
something bad. In the Sao Paulo Art Museum I only
tries to re assume certain positions. I didn't look for
beauty. I looked for freedom"(L. Bo Bardi)

Un beso.
R

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

335. Mallorca. Hotel de Mar



Dear Ken,

Coderch always thought that ethical considerations always
must be put before aesthetic ones because Architecture is
a service to society.

Regards.
R

Monday, November 23, 2009

334. Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Charles River, Cambridge, Massachusetts


Dear Enric,

I know you respect quotes from other people. This one
is from Aalto:
"Building art is a synthesis of life in materialized form.
We should try to bring in under the same hat not a
splintered way of thinking, but all in harmony together"

Best.
R

Saturday, November 21, 2009

333. Rear Courtyard. Yale University Art Gallery


Dear Vincent,

"A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must
go through measurable means when it is being designed
and in the end must be unmeasurable."
(Louis Kahn)

Regards.
R

Thursday, November 19, 2009

332. Paris. La Cite Universitaire


Querido Valentin,

Alejandro de La Sota decia que siempre admiro del
Corbu su "deshabille", esa perfeccion de dentro, esa
elegancia imposible, tan ligada a esa imperfeccion
aparente.

Un abrazo.
R

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

331. Penguins' pool


Querida Cristi,

Como se que no pudiste ir a ver la fosa de los pinguinos
en el Zoo de Londres, te envio esta postal. Tambien una
cita "aclaratoria" de Tafuri:
"El constructivismo teatral tendra todavia una ulterior
expresion tragicamente ironica. En la fosa de los pinguinos
del Zoo de Londres (1932-1933), Berthold Lubetkin
utilizara, casi como una cita literal, las rampas helicoidales
proyectadas por El Lissitzky para Meyerhold. El espacio
envolvente es utilizado para un zoo: aqui es el pinguino el
que es envuelto , en tanto que el hombre, mas alla de la
valla, se reserva el papel de espectador pasivo"
(M. Tafuri-La Esfera y el Laberinto)

Mil besos
R

Sunday, November 15, 2009

330. Aveiro, Portugal


Dear Christy,

From Fernando Tavora I always remember the "clean shirt"
concept or that Architecture is not "something different,
special, sublime and unwordly", but rather "work made by
man for man".

All the best
R

Friday, November 13, 2009

329. Burgerweeshuis. Amsterdam


Dear Vincent,

"Space is the appreciation of it" (Aldo van Eyck)

Best.
R

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

328. Piscina Hotel Galua Hacienda 2 Mares, La Manga del Mar Menor, Murcia


Querido Jose Ramon,

Con esta elegante fachada-seccion del Hotel que Corrales
y Molezun hicieran en la Manga, recuerdo espontaneamente
una cadencia similar en un edificio de apartamentos que tu
junto a otros proyectasteis en los 90 y que queda muy cerca
de la Estacion de Santa Justa de Sevilla. Siempre me
asombro la gracia natural de ese inmueble. Gracias por
"copiar"tan elegantemente.

Un abrazo.
R

Monday, November 9, 2009

327. R.K.H. Pastoor van Ars Kerk Den Haag Holland


Dear Peter and Alison,

Aldo van Eyck wanted to combine
in this Catholic Church in the The
Hague the quality of a low crypt-like
space with that of a high gothic
church. In this picture you can see the
tall space that according to Aldo
became a kind of interior street with
the divers sacred places stringing
along it.

Regards.
R

Saturday, November 7, 2009

326. Marseille. La Cite Radieuse



Corey,

A view of the nursery school and reflecting pool at the
Unite d'habitation's roof terrace. To me this building is
like a big ocean liners docked in the Marseilles' landscape.

Best.
R

Thursday, November 5, 2009

325. Macau. Ruinas de S. Paulo


Dear Eduardo,

"The face is telling a lie is saying the
truth" (Nietzsche)

Regards.
R

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

324. Karl-Marx-Stadt


Querido abuelo Joaquin,

En la Karl Marx Stadt o Ciudad de Karl Marx aun
permanece milagrosamente en pie despues de los
bombardeos del 45 el edificio Schocken de
Mendelsohn construido en 1930 y que es
considerado uno de los hitos de la arquitectura
moderna. Aqui te mando una vista sesgada muy rara
de ver. Es el edificio alto hacia la izquierda de la foto
con el remate escalonado. Esta vista es posible porque
cuando se tomo esta foto el edificio vecino habia sido
demolido (o bombardeado?). En la mente de
Mendelsohn este edificio solo podia ser contemplado
frontalmente y a lo largo de sus elegantes lineas curvas.

Un beso cariñoso
R

Sunday, November 1, 2009

323. Berlin. Alexanderplatz



Querida Regina,

A veces al mirar los dos edificios especulares que Behrens
construyo para la Alexanderplatz recuerdo la manera en
que el Adam Pollo de Le Clezio soñaba vivir: pongo dos
hamacas frente a frente, debajo de la ventana, asi, a eso
del mediodia, me tiendo y duermo al sol, delante del paisaje.

Besos.
R

Thursday, October 29, 2009

322. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Victoria Square



Dear Pier,

La Tour de la Bourse is a skyscraper built in 1964 by
Luigi Moretti and Pier Luigi Nervi. It is considered by
many to be a masterpiece of skyscraper design. Its
facades feature a bronze-tinted curtain wall that
establish a strong counterpoint with the whiteness of
the columns at the corners.

Regards
R

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

321. Macroplaza, Monterrey, N.L., Mexico


Dear Ralph,

Two thin slices painted in bright red form a stele that it
is also a tower; Barragan's one of his obsessions. He
wanted it reaches towards the sky and beyond with
the aid of laser light beams creating a magic effect of
scale that could be consistent with the tremendous size
of the Monterrey's Macroplaza

Regards
R

Sunday, October 25, 2009

320. Sevilla. Olimpico


Querida Lucia,

Cruz y Ortiz hablan de este edificio de un manera muy
poetica. Hablan de un edificio vestido, con muchas
capas; de un edificio que contiene un estadio en su
interior; de un gran edificio industrial que contiene unos
graderios; de un gran edificio de fachadas quebradas
en la que al sur se abre una gran ventana...

Besos mil
R

Friday, October 23, 2009

319. Kobenhavn. Gammel Torv med Domkirken



Dear Elias,

"If architecture had nothing to do with art, it would be
astonishingly easy to build houses, but the architect's
task - his most difficult task - is always that of
selecting." (Arne Jacobsen)

Regards
R

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

318. Buenos Aires. Edificio Comega


Querido Ricardo,

El Comega siempre me parecio
estar mirando al rio como
distraidamente pero sin dejar
nunca de hacerlo. Pienso en el al
leer un poema de Julio Cortazar
llamado "La Ciudad" que dice asi:

El rio baja por las costas
con su alternada indiferencia
y la ciudad lo considera
como una perra perezosa.

Ni amor, ni espera, ni el combate
del nadador, contra la nada.
Con languidez de cortesana
mira a su rio Buenos Aires.

El tiempo es ese gris compadre
pitando alli sin hacer nada.

Abrazos
R

Monday, October 19, 2009

317. Den Haag. Madurodam



Querida Amparo,

En la ciudad de La Haya, en el Parque Madurodam,
existe una ciudad en miniatura con maquetas que
recrean en escala 1:25 casi todos los edificios
importantes de Holanda. Alli me lleve la sorpresa
de disfrutar entre otras, de la maqueta de la Escuela
Artesanal de Scheveningen, obra primorosa de
Johannes Duiker y Bernard Biljvoet de 1929.

Un beso de tu hermano.
R

Saturday, October 17, 2009

316. Stuttgart. Weissenhof-Siedlung



Dear Hugo,

Yesterday I spent some hours visiting the site of the
Weissenhofsiedlung. I noticed there were a very few
people there so for me the day was quiet and the weather
just perfect. Fortunately I carried with me an old copy of
Henry Ford's autobiography and had time to read it all
when in there. Sitting near the big double "billboard" that
Corbu's houses were then, facing to the city down below,
I had my mind transported back to the hyperactivity of
this place in 1927.

Thank you for your contribution.
Sincerely
R

Thursday, October 15, 2009

315. de Erasmusbrug



Dear Jan

"The good thing about producing a building is that,
much more so than when a new film or novel comes
out, people keep interacting with it for a long time.
The true nature of architecture is found in the
interaction between the architect, the object and the
public." (from UNStudio.com)

Best wishes.
R