Thursday, November 29, 2012

763. The Central University Library, UC San Diego


Dear Louis,

The iconic Brutalist Geisel Library (originally Central Library)
located on the main campus of the University of California,
San Diego, was rededicated in 1995 in honor of children's
author Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss).
The original idea for this library conceived by architect
William Pereira was a treelike building including a spherical
books repository resting at the top of a massive structural
trunk.
In one of the most popular children's books written and
illustrated by P.D. Eastman and named Go, Dog. Go! all kind
of different dogs run to a big dog party held on top of a tree.

Happy birthday Louis!

P

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

762. Casablanca. Paso subterraneo Plaza Mohammed V




Dear Friedrich,

These are two postcards showing one an exterior outlook
and the other an interior view of the United Nations Plaza
pedestrian underpass designed by Jean-François Zevaco
in 1975. The site has been recently restored by a local
architect after years of abandonment. Unfortunately the
colorful stained glass pieces couldn't be replaced to replicate
the original Zevaco's creation.

Regards.
R

Sunday, November 25, 2012

761. Reims, La Halle



Dear David,

The 1929 covered market in Reims still suggests visitors
the grandiosity of the architecture of Gothic cathedrals.
Past and future link in a wise, efficient, and lyrical way
by Freyssinet and Maigrot.

Warm regards.
R

Friday, November 23, 2012

760. Bartholomeus Ruloffstraat hoek J.M. Coenenstraat. Amsterdam


Dear Michel,

Dutch architect Jan Staal designed and built this successful
middle-income housing building full of creative rationality,
as many times seen in the stimulating architecture of the
Amsterdam School.

Sincerely,
R

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

759. Bradbury Building. Downtown Los Angeles

















Dear Rachael,

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships
on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter
in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will
be lost in time,.. like tears in rain...time to die"
(from the monologue of the Replicant Roy Batty in the
movie Blade Runner)

The Bradbury Building is featured in this science fiction
classic movie as the apartment building in which J.F.
Sebastian lives.

R

Monday, November 19, 2012

758. Hotelli Aulanko


Dear Vera,

The Aulanko Hotel in Hämeenlinna
(the city of Jean Sibelius) was in its
time a luxury hotel of international
relevance. Here, Finnish functionalist
elegance was conveyed at its best.

Warm regards,
R

Saturday, November 17, 2012

757. Sophia Ziekenhuis. Zwolle



Dear Hans,

Jan Wiebenga, a pioneer of modern architecture in the
Netherlands, designed and built the new Sophia Hospital
extension in 1931-1935. It is particularly interesting in this
project the eloquent corner that connects the new wing to
the existing building.

Best.
R

Thursday, November 15, 2012

756. Abrantes, Portugal


Querido Alvaro,

El Hotel de Turismo Abrantes es una de las obras pioneras
que introdujo el lenguaje de la modernidad en la arquitectura
hotelera portuguesa. Situado en la cima de una colina en la
que se encaja organicamente, el hotel se articula a traves de
dos cuerpos de tres alturas al sur y de una al norte. Es en esta
ultima zona mas elevada, donde se disponen la recepcion y las
estancias mas publicas, para que puedan disfrutar de las
magnificas vistas del entorno.

Un saludo afectuoso
R

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

755. Stuttgart Rot


Dear Fritz

The apartment complex Romeo and Juliet
in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen was the first
post-war project built by German architect
Hans Scharoun. After the end of the Second
World War Scharoun considered flats to be
"the new, freeing background in life".

Regards.
R

Sunday, November 11, 2012

754. The University of Chicago. Law School















Dear Antoine,

"The practice of architecture has to be measured in
elephant time" (Eero Saarinen)
President Barack Obama taught here from 1992 to
2004. (Congratulations on winning your second
term!)

Best regards,
R

Friday, November 9, 2012

753. Suomi, Imatra


Dear Richard,

The church in Vouksenniska is a building in which Aalto
continued exploring the new asymmetrical forms introduced
by him a few years earlier in the House of Culture of Helsinki.
This church is however highly acknowledged for its
functionality and versatility, since it allows for three separate
independent spaces, with the ability to unify them into a large
one when needed.

Best regards.
R

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

752. Oviedo. Palacio de los Deportes


Querido Paco,

Esta es otra fantastica estructura del ingeniero Ildefonso
Sanchez del Rio. El Palacio de los Deportes de Oviedo
fue construido mas de 30 años despues que el Mercado
de Pola de Siero (su obra maestra), y conserva muchos
de los conceptos y soluciones estructurales utilizados
entonces.

Un abrazo muy fuerte.
R

Monday, November 5, 2012

751. Moscou. Club au nom de Roussakoff






























Dear Maurizio,

"It was immediately and forever decided that the project for
the building of a club in the name of Rusakov should be a
festal salute to Compressed Beauty, a volley aimed at the
Future" (Konstantin Melnikov)
This contemporary picture still shows on the right front side
of the upper auditoriums inscription letters designed by
Melnikov himself that read Skola Kommunizma (School of
Communism)

Yours faithfully,
R

Saturday, November 3, 2012

750. Coolsingel. Rotterdam




























Querida Ines,

El famoso café De Unie en Rotterdam fue diseñado y construido
entre 1924 y 1925 por J.J.P. Oud, destacado miembro de la
corriente arquitectónica del Neoplasticismo ( De Stijl). El edificio
que hoy puede visitarse es en realidad una reconstrucción del
original que data de 1986 y que está emplazado en una calle
cercana, ya que el primer De Unie fue destruido en los bombardeos
de Berlín en 1940.
En la fotografía de ésta tarjeta postal de época se puede ver el
original café De Unie algo a la derecha del centro de la imagen,
ocupando un pequeño hueco entre dos grandes edificios
neoclásicos. En los escasos 15 años de existencia de este icono
universal de la arquitectura moderna, el local pasó a albergar
primero el Café De Unie, más tarde un concesionario de la
Compañíaa Automovilística de La Haya, y finalmente otro café, el
Café Modern. En la postal que está enviada en 1929 ya aparecen
los rótulos de la Haagsche Automobiel Maatschappij, un
concesionario de automóviles de importación americanos y europeos.
Estas son sólo algunas claves para entender mejor este pequeño
viaje en el tiempo y la historia a través de esta fascinante postal de
la época.

Un abrazo,
R

Thursday, November 1, 2012

749. Boa Nova. Casa de Cha
















Cristi,

Esta es otra de las postales que me mandastes. Quizá la que
más me ha gustado de todas. Me impresiona de ésta postal
como Siza "dibuja" literalmente el paisaje con su arquitectura
de muros y planos. Me recuerda a la manera que Juan
Navarro Baldeweg registra y analiza el medio natural con sus
dibujos paisajisticos donde representa solamente lo que tiene
importancia en esa lectura detallada del terreno. Esta
fotografia es muy buena, es muy "arquitectónica". No me
sorprendió leer en el reverso que la tomó Teresa Siza, la
hermana de Alvaro Siza.

Besos.
R