Monday, February 28, 2011

492. Poznan. Wieza Gornoslaska



Dear Bruno,

The expressionist water tower of Posen was built in 1911
as an exhibition building for the Ostdeutsche Ausstellung,
before being finally used as originally intended. The
monumental form of the tower was seen then as a symbol
of "German" power. The architect, Hans Poelzig, built
among others important structures the huge office building
for the 1931 IG Farben Corporation in Frankfurt.

Best regards.
R

Friday, February 25, 2011

491. Zaragoza. El Rincon de Goya


Querido Pablo,

El Rincon de Goya, edificio mitico construido en 1927,
es la primera obra racionalista española. El edificio, que
contenia una biblioteca con libros sobre Goya y un
pequeño museo, era tambien un pabellon abierto a un
hermoso jardin.
La mayoria de los periodicos de la epoca se burlaron de
el. Uno de ellos decia: "No hay motivo de disgusto. El
monumento es realmente interesante. Ocurre solo que se
halla aun sin desembalar"

Un abrazo a ti a toda tu familia.
R

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

490. 30 St Mary Axe, London


Dear Mark,

The Swiss Re Building aka "The Gherkin" is London's
first environmentally sustainable skyscraper. The building
consumes up to fifty percent less energy than a comparable
high profile office tower. It was aerodynamically designed
to reduce wind load on the structure. Since it was opened
in 2004 the building has become an overnight icon of
London.

Best regards.
R

Saturday, February 19, 2011

489. The Solomon Guggenheim Museum


Dear Arata,

"The space within becomes the reality of the building."
(Frank Lloyd Wright)

"The Guggenheim", Wright's last major work and one
of the 20th century's most important architectural
landmarks.

Sincerely,
R

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

488. Belo Horizonte. Praca da Liberdade


Dear Lucio,

"My architecture followed the old examples. The beauty
prevailing over the limitations of the constructive logic"
(Oscar Niemeyer)

Regards.
R

Sunday, February 13, 2011

487. Aarhus. Raadhustaarn


Cristina,

Contemplando la impresionante torre
del Ayuntamiento de Aarhus he
recordado lo que decia Pablo
Palazuelo sobre la geometria: La
geometria es lo que esta en el fondo
de la vida y es lo que la construye.

Mil besos.
R

Thursday, February 10, 2011

486. The Toronto Dominion Centre


Dear Chuck,

"Architecture is always the
three-dimensional expression out of
a cerebral conclusion"
(Mies van der Rohe)

Best.
R

Monday, February 7, 2011

485. Crown Zellerbach Building. San Francisco


Dear Michael,

The Crown Zellerbach Building was
the first glass skyscraper built in San
Francisco when finished in 1959.
Wonderful floor-to-ceiling green
tinted glass and beautiful details can
be seen all over it.The most striking
features though are the sunken garden
at the ground level plaza, the elegant
glass pavilion lobby and finally the
offset opaque service core facing
Market Street as a wonderful
counterbalance to the glass office
space box.

Thanks for your help.
Best regards.
R

Friday, February 4, 2011

484. New York World's Fair-Ireland (Eire)


Dear Dennis Michael,

The Irish Pavilion for the 1938-9 New York World's Fair
was the first appearance of Ireland as an independent
country at an international trade fair. The Irish Government
wanted the building to have a modern and high quality yet
recognizably Irish character. Architect Michael Scott
produced a shamrock shaped building, built in steel,
concrete and glass.

Best.
R

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

483. Bus Station from Custom's House Park, Dublin


Dear Mary Alice,

After talking to you about this blog, I realized I had done
a terrible mistake: I still didn't have not even a single
postcard about an Irish modern building. To compensate
my error, today I'm "sending" to you a wonderful
postcard of famous Busáras. The central bus station in
Dublin was built between 1945 and 1953 with a strong
public opposition because of its external appearance,
function and excessive cost. Architect Michael Scott was
also responsible of the design of the wonderful 1939 Irish
Pavilion of the New York World's Fair. He is considered
by many the most important architect of the twentieth
century in Ireland.

Sincerely.
R