Sunday, April 29, 2012

654. Helsinki, Museokatu



























Dear Wivi,

"We want dilettantism in contrast to routine: the significance
of a contribution does not lie in the ill-feeling it provokes but
in what it gives that is truly durable."
(Architecture: a Challenge, Sigurd Frosterus)

Best regards.
R

Friday, April 27, 2012

653. Unitarian Church, Westport CT


Dear Alfred,

"For me, drawing is sort of synonymous with thinking"
(Victor A. Lundy)

Regards,
R

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

652. Provinciehuis, Hertogenbosch


Dear Hans,

The architect of the building for the Ontario Provincial
Government was H.A. Maaskant. This architect played
a major role in the reconstruction of the Netherlands. He
designed many important buildings such as the Hilton
Hotel in Amsterdam, the Euromast in Rotterdam or the
Scheveningen Pier.

Regards,
R

Monday, April 23, 2012

651. Centro Cultural de Tijuana, Mexico


Querido Enrique,

"A esa burbuja que su vida es hoy,
Quien la punzo, arrancando preguntas
desmesuradas? Puedes tu responderselas
hablando del espacio ilimitado,
del principio del mundo, si es que principio tuvo?"
(Luis Cernuda-Anumula, Vagula, Blandula)

Recuerdos,
R

Saturday, April 21, 2012

650. Planetario. Buenos Aires


Querido Luis,

"En la parte inferior del escalon, hacia la derecha, vi una
pequeña esfera tornasolada, de casi intolerable fulgor.
Al principio la crei giratoria; luego comprendi que ese
movimiento era una ilusion producida por los vertiginosos
espectaculos que encerraba" (Jorge Luis Borges-El Aleph)

Un abrazo,
R

Thursday, April 19, 2012

649. Heilig Geist Kirche, Wolfsburg


Dear Karl,

"Architecture is not merely national but clearly has local
ties in that it is rooted in the earth. Through its forms it
can achieve an international influence" (Alvar Aalto)

Best,
R

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

648. Aarhus 1941, Byjubilaeum


Dear Bruce,

"Proportions are what makes the old
Greek temple classic in their beauty.
They are like huge blocks, from which
the air has been literally hewed out
between the columns"
(Arne Jacobsen)

I keep looking under my
chair,
R

Sunday, April 15, 2012

647. Beograd, Palata Drz. stamparije



Dear Milica,

The Palace of the State Print Works in Belgrade, with
its strong industrial character and powerful composition
of large volumes, became the paradigm of Serbian
modernism in architecture.

Regards,
R

Friday, April 13, 2012

646. Parc de la Villette, Paris



Dear Philippe,

‘La Villette aims at an architecture that means nothing,
an architecture of the signifier rather than the signified
– one that is pure trace or play of language’
(Bernard Tschumi)

Best,
R

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

645. UNESCO, Le jardin de Noguchi



Dear Bill,

"Certain mistakes nature forgives " (Isamu Noguchi)

Best,
R

Monday, April 9, 2012

644. Embajada Americana en La Habana, Cuba


Dear Philip,

Wallace Kirkman Harrison, the leader architect of works
such as the Rockefeller Center, the UN headquarters
complex or the Lincoln Center was also the architect of
the American Embassy in Havana. According to Harrison
architecture was something small, something you can touch
with your fingers.

The other building in the picture in Streamline Moderne
style is the celebrated Torre Olan designed by Cuban
architect Antonio Santana and built in 1952.

Regards,
R

Saturday, April 7, 2012

643. Potenza. Panorama con neve


Dear Paolo,

“Those who do not take risks are either imitating or
repeating. If they want to invade a new field they must
tackle the unknown.” (Sergio Musmeci)

Cheers!
R

Thursday, April 5, 2012

642. Palma. La Catedral, Vista aerea



Dear Giorgio,

"I know Elias Torres to be a remarkable thinker and
marvelous architect and believe he is one of the most
important European architects practicing today. Through
his extensive public and private projects he raises
architecture to the level of art." (Glenn Murcutt)

Best,
R

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

641. K.N.S. Klubbhus-Dronningen, Oslo


Dear Poul,

"All work shall be absolutely first-class workmanship"
(Andreas Bjercke)

Respectfully,
R

Sunday, April 1, 2012

640. Dhahran International Airport



Dear Edward,

"It is very important that all buildings should be consistent,
that this is the quality of the Gothic cathedral, for instance,
that we like." (Minoru Yamasaki)

Regards,
R