Tuesday, July 31, 2012

701. Bauhaus, Dessau

Dear Marianne,

"When I was a small boy, somebody asked me what my
favorite color was. For some years my family poked fun
at me saying, after some hesitation: Multicolor is my favorite
color. The strong desire to include every vital component of
life instead of excluding part of them for the sake of too
narrow and dogmatic is an approach has characterized my
whole life" (Walter Gropius)


Sunday, July 29, 2012

700. The Knights of Columbus, New Haven, Conn.

Dear John,

The Knights of Columbus Building is
a remarkable 23 story tower designed
by Roche and Dinkeloo in the 1960s.
The four powerful cylindrical corners
make the building to resemble a fortress.
These four corner towers are made of
poured-in-place concrete and support
the core's corten steel structure.


Friday, July 27, 2012

699. Trecate, Casa del Balilla

Dear Luca,

"Art, as love, is a question of Enchantment"
(Luigi Moretti)


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

698. Turku. Abo Sampo Building

Dear Tapio,

Looking the simple, serene, and harmonious shapes and
finishes of the original Sampo building comes to my mind
Johannes Kepler's thought about nature's love for simplicity
and unity.

Best regards.

Monday, July 23, 2012

697. Lake Point Tower, Chicago Illinois

Dear Sam,

Schipporeit and Heinrich, the architects
of this beautiful building, were former
students of Mies van der Rohe. Their
Chicago building was inspired by Mies'
project for a glass curtain wall skyscraper
in Berlin of 1922.


Saturday, July 21, 2012

696. Castle Restaurant, Dudley Zoo

Querido Juan,

El Restaurante del Castillo o de la Reina Mary en el Zoo
de Dudley, es casi siempre citado por su popularidad
social y por su bella relacion axial con el castillo. Por esta
componente relacional y por lo racional de su arquitectura
te dejo el pensamiento de Unamuno de que lo racional no
es sino lo relacional; la razon se limita a relacionar
elementos irracionales.

Un abrazo,

Thursday, July 19, 2012

695. De La Warr Pavilion and Colonnade Bexhill on Sea

Querido Abuelo,

El Pabellon De La Warr en Bexhill on Sea, fue la primera
obra de arquitectura moderna construida en estructura de
acero en el Reino Unido. Cuando fue terminado en 1935,
debido a su estructura de planteamiento novedoso y a la
sofisticacion de sus detalles constructivos fue reconocido
como un importante logro tecnologico y ejemplo de
referencia para el sector de la construccion del pais.

Un abrazo.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

694. The Peabody Terrace of Harvard University

Querido Xavier,

"Necesitamos tiendas, luces, vida a ras de suelo; en la
ciudad, queremos sentir todos esos elementos a nuestro
alrededor" (Josep Lluis Sert)


Sunday, July 15, 2012

693. Torres de Oficinas Trade, Barcelona

Dear Carlos,

"We must be as fully aware as possible of the problems
peculiar to our time, but also of the essential human
needs, which have not changed, insofar as the human
is our principal unit of measurement."
(Jose Antonio Coderch)


Friday, July 13, 2012

692. Finnish Pavilion, New York 1938-39

Dear Ben,

"God created paper for the purpose of
drawing architecture on it. Everything
else is at least for me an abuse of paper."
(Alvar Aalto)


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

691. Las Palmas de Gran Canarias, Hotel Parque

Querida Amparo,

El Hotel Parque era cuando se inauguro un edificio multiusos
que constaba de dos plantas bajas para comercios, los
bloques extremos para viviendas (dos por planta) y el Hotel
en el centro. Su autor, Miguel Martin-Fernandez de la Torre
fue un gran arquitecto racionalista canario que estudio y
trabajo con Secundino Zuazo. Urbanista y arquitecto, es
autor de obras como la Colonia Alvarado, el edificio del
Cabildo Insular, el edifcio Staib o la Casa del Marino, todas
ellas en Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.


Monday, July 9, 2012

690. Kaufhaus Selfridges in Birmingham

Dear Laura,

"You have to be an architect 24 hours a day; eight hours
is not enough" (Jan Kaplicky, founder of Future Systems)


Saturday, July 7, 2012

689. Rio de Janeiro Av. Atlantica e Praia de Copacabana.

Dear Paulo,

The Copacabana promenade with its Portuguese black and
white cobblestone pavement with wavy pattern makes me
recall my beloved Lisbon, far away, across the Atlantic Ocean.
And from there to Gaudi and his wavy benches at the "Parc
Güell" in Barcelona. And why not ending in the wonderful
Carlos Ferrater's new seafront of Benidorm?

Waving at you.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

688. Arango House, John Lautner. Acapulco, Mexico

Dear Ariana,

"As far as structure is concerned I think
we should continually experiment and
discover every new material and method
and use it." (John Lautner)


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

687. Malaysia

Dear James,

The park near the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur
was the last work by Brazilian landscape architect Roberto
Burle Marx. He said about this work that all he wanted was
to "leave the world a little more sensitive and a little more
educated to the importance of nature".


Sunday, July 1, 2012

686. Case Study House 22 (The Stahl House) 1960. Los Angeles

Dear Jan,

"You constantly have to go back and
remember the important things. I think
this is what I did successfully in this
case so that Los Angeles becomes an
extension of the house and vice-verse.
The house is just part of the city"
(Pierre Koenig)