Monday, June 28, 2010

412. Siemensstadt, Berlin


Dear Peter,

"We must call on things and let them unfold their own forms.
It goes against our nature to impose forms on them, to
determine them from without, to force upon them laws of
any kind, to dictate to them"
(Hugo Haring "Approached to Form"1925)

Thank you for your book and best regards
R

Friday, June 25, 2010

411. Milano. Corso Italia, Nuovi Palazzi



Dear Matt,

"In architecture, more than in other arts, the power and the
will to exist beyond the natural and the useful is a fundamental
quality, distinct from the simple fact of construction.
Architecture arises as a terrible act of existence, everlasting,
and is justifiable only in this sense" (Luigi Moretti)

Sincerely
R

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

410. Paimion Parantola


Dear Elissa,

"Intuition can sometimes be astonishingly rational"
(Alvar Aalto)

Regards.
R

Saturday, June 19, 2010

409. St. Catherine's College, Oxford


Dear Joao,

The St. Catherine's College on the outskirts of Oxford was
designed entirely in 1960-63 by the great danish architect
Arne Jacobsen. He draw all from its setting down to the
furniture or even the cutlery.

Best regards.
R

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

408. Kunsthaus Bregentz. Fassadeninstallation James Turrell


Dear Jim,

"The real has it own magic. Of course, I know the magic
that lies in thought. The passion of a beautiful thought.
But what I'm talking about here is something I often find
even more incredible: the magic of things, the magic of
the real world" (Peter Zumthor)

Best regards.
R

Sunday, June 13, 2010

407. Tate Modern. London


Dear Mark,

" Our strategy was to accept the physical power of the
massive mountain-like brick building and to even enhance
it rather than breaking it or trying to diminish it. (...)This is
a kind of Aikido strategy where you use your enemy's
energy for your own purposes. Instead of fighting it, you
take all the energy and shape it in unexpected and new
ways." (Jacques Herzog)

Regards.
R

Thursday, June 10, 2010

406. La Solana del Mar. Vista nocturna


Querido Ricardo,

"Caminante, son tus huellas
el camino y nada mas
Caminante, no hay camino
se hace camino al andar.
Al andar se hace camino,
y al volver la vista atras
se ve la senda que nunca
se ha de volver a pisar.
Caminante no hay camino
sino estelas en la mar.
(Antonio Machado)

Un abrazo
R

Monday, June 7, 2010

405. Kaufhaus Schocken, Chemnitz



Querido Abuelo,

El edificio para los grandes almacenes Schocken en la
ciudad alemana de Chemnitz es considerado por muchos
la obra maestra de Mendelsohn. Construido en 1930 se
ha dicho de el que su equilibrado diseño es un clasico
debido a su tremenda dignidad y aparente sencillez.

Un beso.
R

Friday, June 4, 2010

404. Santa Coloma de Cervello. Cripta de la Colonia Guell


Carme,

"de la llar lo foc, visca lo foc de l'amor"

Salutacions cordials
R

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

403. Aalborg. Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum



Dear Alvaro,

KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art is located in
Aalborg and was designed by Elissa and Alvar Aalto
in 1972. Because of the mobile partition wall system
the building offers very flexible spaces that can be
adapted to different exhibitions requirements. But I
would say that to me the most striking feature of this
museum is the wonderful use of natural light.

Best regards from Denmark.
R