Thursday, April 28, 2011

512. Hotel Xenia-Iraklion, Crete, Greece


Dear Mel,

"To be traditional means to be always contemporary"
(Aris Konstantinidis)

Best.
R

Monday, April 25, 2011

511. Vancouver, British Columbia New Public Library


Dear Sven,

"The design has a connection with history. This is what
I wanted to achieve in this design, the memory of what
ancient libraries might have been like" (Moshe Safdie)

Regards.
R

Friday, April 22, 2011

510. Bern. Lorrainebrücke



Dear Johann,

"A bridge is like a house. Each bridge and each house
is a special case; each must be constructed and shaped
according to the environment with which it must cope
and the function it is to have " (Robert Maillart)

Respectfully
R

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

509. St. Hallvard kirke og Kloster, Enerhaugen, Oslo


Dear Peter,

I came to Oslo and experienced the spiritual power of
darkness at St. Hallvard kirke. The convex ceiling, a
sort of anti cupola, evokes a motherly gesture, a one of
being under God's care and protection.

Best regards.
R

Saturday, April 16, 2011

508. Domazlice, Sokolovna



Dear Alena,

This is the old Sokol building in Domazlice. The Sokol
movement was an important Slavic youth organization
founded in Prague by Miroslav Tyrs and Jindrich Fugner.
Although primarily focused on gymnastics, the
organization was also a forum venue for the spread of
Czech nationalist ideologies. Domazlice was also an
important nationalist center until the WWII. In 1939 a
large Czech protest demonstration against the German
occupation took place on this beautiful town.The
architect of this little functionalist gem, that I doubt if
still standing, is also unknown but might be architect
Otakar Novotny who built at least two more Sokol
halls in 1910 and 1912.
Please let me know if you gather more information about
this superb building.

Best regards.
R

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

507. Santuario Madonna della Consolazione. Borgomaggiore


Querida Maria,

El Santuario de la Madonna della
Consolazione en San marino es obra
del arquitecto toscano Michelucci.
Enclavado sobre la falda de una
montaña, parte de esta tuvo que ser
excavada para dar cabida a la iglesia.
Michelucci reinterpreta esta
circunstancia recreando en el interior
de la misma paredes rocosas con formas
cavernosas e introduce luz cenital
indirecta que recrea un imaginario
mundo subterraneo.

Un abrazo.
R

Sunday, April 10, 2011

506. Museo de Arte de Ponce. Puerto Rico



Querida Sandra,

Este edificio fue diseñado por el celebre arquitecto
norteamericano Edward Durell Stone, autor entre otros
del Radio City Hall o del primer MoMA ambos en
Nueva York. El museo aloja una de las mejores
colecciones de Pre-rafaelistas de todo el mundo y esta
considerado como el museo mas prestigioso de todo el
Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico.

Afectuosamente
R

Thursday, April 7, 2011

505. Jerusalem. Hadassah Hospital


Abuelo,

Desde Monte Scopus, donde esta enclavada la Universidad
Hebrea de Jerusalem, se ve a un lado la ciudad y al otro el
Mar Muerto. En la foto el Hospital Hadassah, el mayor
edificio construido por Erich Mendelsohn en Palestina entre
los años 1936 y 1939.

Besos.
R

Monday, April 4, 2011

504. Candie (Crete). Le Musee Archealogique


Dear Dimitris,

The Archaelogical Museum of Herakleion in Crete
houses the world's most important collection of Minoan
Art. Designed in 1933 as a "machine for exhibitions", it
is among the most significant buildings of European
Rationalism.

Respectfully.
R

Friday, April 1, 2011

503. Dneprostroy (Dnieper dam)



Dear Leonid,

By the time it was built in 1932, the Dnieper dam was the
largest hydroelectric power station in Europe. This huge
architectural ensemble became a symbol of man's victory
over natural elements.

Respectfully.
R