Thursday, May 31, 2012

670. Templo de la Purisima. Monterrey, N.L. Mexico


Querido Isra,

El templo de la Purisima en Monterrey es considerado
uno de los primeros edificios modernos construidos en
Mexico. Es tambien uno de los precursores de las
notables estructuras diseñadas por Felix Candela pocos
años despues.

Un abrazo,
R

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

669. Paimion Parantola

















Querida Rosa,

En mi viaje desde Turku a Helsinki me he detenido a visitar
el Sanatorio de Paimio de Aalto. Poco antes me he desviado
de la ruta para hacer una breve parada en la pequeña ciudad
de Kaarina. Alli, en una tiendecita de recuerdos y
antiguedades, he encontrado en una caja de viejas postales
esta que ahora te mando. Veras en ella la hermosa solucion
en la union de las alas auxiliares posteriores, tan aparentemente
circunstancial y confusa. La funcionalidad explicita desplegada
en el ala principal de los pacientes es sustituida en la parte de
atras por una admirablemente lirica iconografia compositiva.

Un abrazo,
R

Sunday, May 27, 2012

668. Berlin Neue Nationalgalerie


Dear Jennifer V,

"I am not a reformer. I don't want to change the world.
I want to express it. That's all I want"
(Mies van der Rohe)

Sincerely,
R

Friday, May 25, 2012

667. Mies van der Rohe's Deutscher Pavillion


Dear Peter and Alison,

"Material, structure and space and the retless need for
metaphysical security are here made one"
(Werner Blaser)

Best regards,
R

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

666. Futurama at the General Motors Pavilion


Dear Paola,

Futurama at the GM Pavilion was the most popular
exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair. The interior
were designed by Norman Bel Geddes featuring what it
was called "the world of tomorrow"thanks to a 4,ooo
square-yard visionary model of freeways and housing
developments as to be seen in 1960.

Best regards,
R

Monday, May 21, 2012

665. General Motors Highways and Horizons exhibit, New York World's Fair


Dear Paola,

Albert Kahn, the top industrial architect of his time, known
as "the man who built Detroit" was the designer of the highly
popular GM Pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair.

Regards,
R

Saturday, May 19, 2012

664. Rabat, L'Hôpital Avicenne



Dear Silke,

After spending some days in Fes and Meknes, today we
have arrived in Rabat. We finally saw the Ocean and some
good architecture with nautical flavor.

Take care.
R

Thursday, May 17, 2012

663. Escuela de Altos Estudios Mercantiles, Barcelona, Pedralbes















Querida Ines,

Gracias por tu email. Espero que estes descansando y que
tus vacaciones esten siendo de los mas placidas.Esta postal
esta dedicada a un edificio emblematico diseñado por un
maestro de arquitectos como fue Javier Carvajal Ferrer.
Para mi, una de sus reflexiones mas clarividentes fue aquella
dirigida a los estudiantes de arquitectura, en el que les incitaba
a no perseguir imagenes, sino ideas, porque segun el las
imagenes pueden ser cambiadas por otros pero las ideas son
siempre propias.
Toda un leccion de arquitectura y de vida.

Un saludo muy afectuoso.
R

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

662. Atlanta. The High Museum of Art


Dear Sean,

"I think that the responsibility of an architect is really
to create a sense of order, a sense of place, a sense of
relationships" (Richard Meier)

Best.
R

Sunday, May 13, 2012

661. The Sage, Gateshead


Dear Elena

The spectacular Sage Gateshead's roof takes borrowed
the arched form of the adjacent Gateshead Millennium
Bridge by architect Wilkinson Eyre.

Best.
R

Friday, May 11, 2012

660. Tokyo



Dear Koichi,

We arrived today in Shinjuku and went to the Tokyo
Metropolitan Government building. We visited one of
the free top floor observatories and got a glimpse of
Mount Fuji through the haze.

Best regards,
R

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

659. Edificio Banco Popular, Monterrey, Mexico


Estimado Eduardo,

“Crear para la Arquitectura mexicana el ámbito apropiado
en la cultura nacional, que permita a nuestras comunidades
entenderla, valorarla y ubicarla, como el elemento
indispensable para hacer el país al que aspiramos.”
(Mario Pani Darqui)

Saludos,
R

Monday, May 7, 2012

658. Madrid. Vista Aerea


Juan,

I think I saw a young woman in a window of the Casa
Sindical.

She sits with
tears on
her cheek
her cheek on
her hand
the child
in her lap
his nose
pressed
to the glass

(William Carlos Williams)

Best
R

Saturday, May 5, 2012

657. Vitoria. Iglesia de la Coronacion de Nuestra Señora


Querido Txema,

"Esta caracteristica sustancial y distintiva del templo
catolico es el dinamismo, un movimiento casi material
del ambiente, del aire hacia el altar. Una iglesia catolica
es un trozo de aire sagrado en movimiento"
(Miguel Fisac)

Agur.
R

Thursday, May 3, 2012

656. Pressa Koln 1928.


Pressa Koln 1928. Kolnische Zeitung Aussenansicht

Pressa Koln 1928. Kolnische Zeitung 
Innenansicht Ost

Dear Rudy,

“Mass need, the demands of the time and community
thinking lead to collective building, which in turn demands
a functional and lovingly worked-through model”
(Riphahn Wihelm)

Cheers,
R

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

655. Statne Kupeli Piestany


Dear Josef

The Colonnade Bridge aka Glass Bridge is a functionalist
roofed bridge and an extraordinary architectural work. It
was built in 1932 to connect the town of Piestany and the
spa island and includes small shops located at both ends.
This unique roofed bridge has also glass-covered wall
protection against strong wind along one of its sides.

Best regards,
R