Thursday, July 28, 2011

542. Chantonnay, Piscine tournesol

Dear David,

Thank you so much for sending me more postcards.
Your serie about modern architecture of Rouen is
fascinating. I always enjoyed my old few derriere le
miroir but now I am enjoying also my new derriere le
pare-brise. (just a joke)
This Piscine tournesol is also another little but wonderful
present from you. Do you know the year this particular
remarkable structure was built? 1975 I am guessing?

All the best to your magnificent blog and to you too.

Warm regards,

Monday, July 25, 2011

541. Lima, Peru. Hospital del Seguro Social del Empleado

Dear Mario,

“Architecture should be timeless and convey by its very
fiber the assurance of permanence"
(Edward Durell Stone)


Friday, July 22, 2011

540. Bratislava. Avion

Dear Emil,

The housing block Avion is a very interesting case of a
multi-use dwelling and commercial building. The architect,
Josef Marek, skilfully combined a compact ground floor
for retail spaces with 6 dwelling blocks on the upper


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

539. Sanatorium Zonnestraal, Hilversum

Dear Louis,

Completed in 1928 Zonnestraal is one of the finest example
of dutch Nieuwe Bouwen or New Objectivity. The ideal of
"light-air-sun" is materialized in this remarkable sanatorium
complex at its best.


Saturday, July 16, 2011

538. The Phillips Exeter Academy, The Library

Dear David,

"Sometimes you ask concrete to help
brick and brick is very happy...because
it becomes modern"
(Louis I. Kahn)


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

537. Bodegas Gonzalez Byass, Jerez de la Frontera

Querida Rosa,

La Gran Bodega Tio Pepe en Jerez esta formada por
cuatro modulos de 42 X 42 metros cubiertos con sus
respectivas cupulas de hormigon, unidos para conformar
una gran nave rectangular que responde al tipo de
"bodega catedral". Las cupulas estan resueltas de forma
similar a la del Mercado de Algeciras.

Con cariño,

Sunday, July 10, 2011

536. Gyttorp. Vastmanland

Dear Bruno

"Architecture differs from all others majors arts in that it
is useful. But like them its symbols and poetry express the
culture's priorities and its evaluation of people's needs"
(Ralph Erskine)


Thursday, July 7, 2011

535. Expo 67 Montreal, Canada. Habitat 67

Dear Louis,

Habitat 67 is a well-known housing complex located in
Montreal, Canada. Its design was created by architect
Moshe Safdie based on his master's thesis project and
built as part of Expo 67.


Monday, July 4, 2011

534. The Corning Museum of Glass

Dear Pierre,

"I am not imposing a form on a program. I am trying to
simplify it through finding relationships that mesh"
(Gunnar Birkerts)


Friday, July 1, 2011

533. Kleurontwerp voor een kamer in het huis van Bart de Ligt te Katwijk aan Zee Theo van Doesburg

Dear Bob,

Van Doesburg sought to replace
architecture with spatial painting, as
proposed by Mondrian in his 3D
works. He said: "When contemplating
a work of art it is possible to perceive
if it has been created according to the
eye or to the spirit, in other words, if
it projects three-dimensional reality or
spiritual n-dimensionality"