"I don't understand light. It gives me the
feeling there's something beyond me,
something beyond all understanding,
And I am very glad, very grateful that
there is such a thing" (Peter Zumthor)
Greek architect Aris Konstantinidis used to say that for
him a genuine building is a form that is never finished or
final but that is completed as time goes by, flowering
again and again into daily perfection.
The Kauchuk Factory Workers Club, located near the
historical Devichye Pole Park in Moscow, was designed
in 1927 by Konstantin Melnikov. He followed here the
model of his previous and popular Rusakov Club. The
building seems to be much larger of what actually is due
to its cylindrical shape.
Lenin's mausoleum was designed by Aleksey Shchusev
in 1924, during a period in which the Russian Avant-Garde
was still at its peak. The mausoleum is an authentic
masterpiece of modern architectural plainness finished
with red granite for Communism and black labradorite for
Ralph Erskine, whom I had the fortunate to meet to years
back, once said that the job of buildings is to improve human
relations: architecture must ease them, not make them worse.
This is evident in his Lulea Shopping Center, which is
considered to be the first modern indoor shopping mall built
in the world.
Giovanni Muzio was the architect who designed the
best-known work of the Novecento movement, the
Ca'Brütta ("Ugly House") in Milan. This however is a
picture of his nuove aule in the Universite Cattolica, a
work that took Muzio 20 years to complete.
The tobacco factory built by Peter Behrens and Alexander
Popp in 1929-35 is one of the most consistent industrial
buildings of international modernism. It has been said that
this building set standards for modern industrial buildings.
Aún se habla hoy y se hablará en el tiempo
Del tiempo de aquel barco
Cuentan los que lo vieron
(los que nunca lo vieron, pero suponían
constelaciones de bajeles, bancos
de viva sal
para alegrar la vida de las criaturas)
que era bello de ver
y amable de habitar
el confín de aquel barco y que tenía
como nombre EL FUTURO…
Cesa aquí la visión.
El mar al mar, la tierra en tierra
y en la ciudad el barco
que, si todos no vieron, deseaban
y en el barco las letras de su nombre:
JOSE MANUEL AIZPÚRUA,
Querido Juan Lu,
Esta es una postal del famoso Park Hotel construido por
Antoni de Moragas en 1953. De el se puede decir que su
fachada principal, que es la mas corta, esta emparentada
con el racionalismo holandes, especialmente con las obras
de Duiker; pero que el edificio en su conjunto esta mas
cerca del clasicismo moderno de Loos e incluso de ciertas
obras de Aalto.