Tuesday, December 31, 2013

965. Orbetello 1940 Aviorimessa
















Dear Mario,

"The first important application of structural prefabrication
based upon my designs and built under my supervision
were the large hangars erected during 1940-41.
Economic and structural considerations suggested
prefabrication to achieve lightness to minimize materials
and to speed construction. The six hangars I built were all
destroyed during the war by heavy charges set at the foot
of the sustaining buttresses, which dropped them to the
ground" (Pier Luigi Nervi. Structures)

Happy new year!
R

Sunday, December 29, 2013

964. Gorky Drama Theatre
















Dear Mikhail,

Shchuko and his partner Gelfreich designed notorious buildings
like the Elektrozavodskaya Moscow Metro Station, famous for
its architectural decoration, the Lenin Library, and more
importantly the Palace of Soviets. While still designing this last
building, they completed a large constructivist opera theater in
Rostov-on-Don later destroyed in World War II and rebuilt in
1963.

Sincerely,
R

Friday, December 27, 2013

963. Sao Paulo, Praca de Republica




























Dear Thomas,

"From the detailed study of each floor and the resulting structure.
The elevations flourished naturally. Therefore we did not start
from outside to inside, but from inside to outside, because any
object should fulfill certain intrinsic functions" (Alvaro Vital Brazil)

Regards,
R

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

962. Jyväskylä, Tyovaentalo















Dear Louise,

This is an old postcard that shows the Jyväskylä Workers'
Club, the first important commission built by Finnish architect
Alvar Aalto in 1925. The year before designing this building
Aalto traveled throughout Europe and spent some time in Italy.
A strong influence from classic Italian architecture is easily
recognizable in the main facade of this charming building.

Happy Holidays.
R

Monday, December 23, 2013

961. Igreja de Sto. Antonio da Polana















Dear Sam,

"The essential function of architecture is to limit a volume
from the non-architectural extent of open space, dealing
with the internal hollow space" (Felix Candela)

Best,
R

Saturday, December 21, 2013

960. Fiji, Parliament House
















Dear Setoki,

"Memory has true value only if the traces of the past and the
project for the future are held together, (...) becoming while
never ceasing to become" (Italo Calvino)

Best regards,
R

Thursday, December 19, 2013

959. Oslo. Den Norske Opera & Ballet































Dear Jette,

"Architecture cannot be contained simply by rules of order,
instead it must accommodate the restless mind of human
society" (Snøhetta)

Best regards,
R

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

958. Blumenau, Igreja Sao Paulo Apostolo















Dear Wolfgang

Pritzker prize winner Gottfried Böhm imbued his
works with his unalienable ethical principles of aus­te­rity,
ho­nesty, and compliance with each individual's Zeitgeist.

Regards,
R

Sunday, December 15, 2013

957. Wadi Al Kuf Bridge






























Querida Irene,

Cerca de Al-Bayda (Montañas Verdes) esta la antigua ciudad
de Darnah (Derna en español) a la que llegamos cruzando este
hermoso puente de Wadi Al Kuf construido por Riccardo
Morandi en 1972. En Darnah hemos disfrutado visitando la
antigua medina y el mercado y luego hemos ido a ver las
cataratas. Mañana seguiremos hasta Apollonia y veremos la
maravillosa costa mediterranea de este increible pais.

Besos,
R 

Friday, December 13, 2013

956. The Deere Co. Administrative Center. Molline Ill















Dear Trey,

"In the end you can only create and make decisions according
to your integrity" (Eero Saarinen)

Regards,
R

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

955. Otaniemi, Finland. Technical University
















Dear Tapio,

"The architecture of the snow is always Gothic-style"
(Ramon Gomez de la Serna, Greguerias)

Sincerely,
R

Monday, December 9, 2013

954. Firenze. Stazione Ferroviaria
















Admirado Daniel,

"El Alba convierte en una estacion de entrada a toda la ciudad"
(Ramon Gomez de la Serna, Greguerias)

R

Saturday, December 7, 2013

953. Stockholm, Flatenbadet




























Estimado Feliciano,

"Los lagos son los charcos que quedaron del Diluvio"
(Ramon Gomez de la Serna, Greguerias)

Rosas,
R

Thursday, December 5, 2013

952. Barcelona. Casa Mila y Camps





















Querido Federico,

"Segun esto diremos que la piedra (...)
esta en el mas profundo centro suyo
cuando llegare y no tuviere de suyo mas
virtud e inclinacion para mas movimiento"
(Juan de la Cruz, cancion primera de
Llama)

Abrazos,
R

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

951. Turku, Maalaistentalo















Querida Ines

Esta es una postal antigua que muestra el edificio de la
cooperativa agricola del suroeste de Finlandia que se
encuentra en Turku. Esta fue la primera obra funcionalista
importante llevada a cabo por Aalto en su pais. Su
aparente fria abstraccion esconde multitud de finos detalles
formales que hacen referencia a obras de Asplund y de
algunos arquitectos modernos austriacos de la epoca.

Un beso,
R

Sunday, December 1, 2013

950. Euromast, Rotterdam





















Maite Maite

Hay ojos que miran, -hay ojos que sueñan,
hay ojos que llaman, -hay ojos que esperan,
hay ojos que ríen -risa placentera,
hay ojos que lloran -con llanto de pena,
unos hacia adentro -otros hacia fuera.
 Son como las flores -que cría la tierra
(...)
(Miguel de Unamuno,
Hay Ojos que Miran, Hay Ojos que Sueñan).

Eskumuinak
R

Friday, November 29, 2013

949. Como, Camerlata. La nuova fontana


Dear Luigi,

This temporary installation art in the form of fountain was 

designed in 1935 by architect Cesare Cattaneo and 
painter Mario Radice for the Sixth International Triennial 
Exhibition of Architecture and Decoration in Milano. In 
1962 it was happily rebuild in Piazzale Camerlata between 
Via Napoleona and Via Varesina in Como.

Tanti baci,
R

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

948. Hotel La Rada, San Juan, Puerto Rico















Querido Martin,

Henry Klumb, (o Heinrich, como tu lo llamarias) fue un
excepcional arquitecto aleman, que despues de aprender
en Taliesin del gran maestro Frank Lloyd Wright, y
deambular por distintas ciudades como Philadelphia,
Washington DC, San Francisco o Los Angeles se
establecio definitivamente en Puerto Rico. Alli construyo
maravillosos edificios como la Iglesia de San Martin de
Porres en Cataño, o el Hotel La Rada en San Juan.
Henry concibio potentes y hermosas ideas cuando
hablaba de arquitectura como aquella de la exuberancia
poetica y espiritual de la arquitectura.

Un saludo afectuoso,
R

Monday, November 25, 2013

947. Champs d'Aviation d'Orly





























Dear David,

"...Modern technology lead to a new concept of construction,
where each part of the parabolic form of the roof becomes
an active vehicle of energy. Here the traditional architectural
form of the box has been overcome in favor of a dynamic form
of open space and in totally different way... — a new form of
dynamic open space had replaced the traditional limitations of
architecture."
( Udo Kultermann. Architecture in the 20th Century)

I hope you'll enjoy this vintage postcard mailed back in 1925

Best.
R  

Saturday, November 23, 2013

946. Rio de Janeiro. Rua Araujo Porto Alegre



































Dear Martin,
 
The ABI (Brazilian Press Association) building shown in
the picture along with the well-known Ministry of Education
and Health building and the Esther building, are the three
milestones of modern Brazilian architecture.

Best,
 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

945. Paliouri. General view of Xenia bungalows.






























Querido Manolo,

"Un solo cambio en los principios fundamentales del construir
humano requeriran previamente mil cambios en otros tantos
principios basicos de la humanidad"
(Aris Konstantinidis)

Aqui te envio una hermosa imagen del Motel Xenia en Paliouri
visto en la lejania a lo largo de la playa. El edificio mas
voluminoso era el del bar y restaurante, los otros mas
pequeños las habitaciones de los huespedes y del personal
del motel, todos mirando al mar y a nivel de playa.

Una abrazo.
R

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

944. La Purisima, Monterrey N.L.



Queridos Patricia y Curro,

"Si la columna es arquitectura pura, el arco es ingenieria; 

o mejor dicho, si la columna es arte, el arco es tecnica" 
(Eduardo Torroja Miret. Razon y Ser de los Tipos 
Estructurales)

Un abrazo a ambos,
R

Sunday, November 17, 2013

943. Stockholm. Tranebergsbron och Kristineberg















Dear Santiago,

"If all of us now think, from where we are right here, of the
old bridge in Heidelburg, this thinking toward that location
is not a mere experience inside the persons present here;
rather, it belongs to the essence of our thinking of that bridge
that in itself thinking gets through, persists through, the
distance to that location. From this spot right here, we are
there at the bridge, we are at the bridge- we are by no
means at some representational content in our
consciousness."
(Martin Heidegger. Building, Dwelling, Thinking)

Best regards,
R

Friday, November 15, 2013

942. Highway 86. Expo 86, Vancouver, Canada
















Dear Alison and Michelle,

"It matters little if a building offers the most sophisticated
technology and services, if the humanizing ingredient is
missing. Communication is the product of perception, and
perception is the basis of change" (James Wines)

Respectfully.
R 
  

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

941. Nouvelle Mairie de Boulogne Billancourt
















Dear Maria,

This is again the same building designed by Tony Garnier
in Boulogne-Billancourt. This view is a magnificent
frontal shot image of the rear administrative wing. Beyond
the highly glazed building reinforce concrete facade there
is a long three-story central atrium topped with an
extensive skylight also shown in the picture.

Best regards.
R
   

Monday, November 11, 2013

940. Boulogne-Billancourt. La Mairie




























Dear Maria,

The Boulogne-Billancourt new City Hall was designed
by french architect Tony Garnier. The building comprises
two disparate structures distinguishably designed.
The first part is located in the front facing a public plaza
and contains the public area, while the other is in the rear
and accommodates the administration offices.
This postcard shows the beautifully articulated connection
between them.

Regards.
R

Saturday, November 9, 2013

939. Isla Verde Airport. San Juan, Puerto Rico















Querido Alberto,

La terminal del aeropuerto en Isla Verde fue desde su inauguracion
en 1955 una obra ejemplar por su serena modernidad, su sobria y
controlada elegancia y su precoz sensibilidad con el medio ambiente.
Ejemplo de esto ultimo se puede ver en la fotografia de esta postal
donde el uso de laminas de agua y abundante vegetacion ayudan a
controlar las condiciones climaticas y contrarrestan la dureza de las
masas construidas.

Un abrazo.
R       

Thursday, November 7, 2013

938. Exposition Lausanne 1964. Secteur des Echanges
















Estimado Eduardo,

Estos maravillosos paraguas me hacen pensar en el tamaño
de las gotas de agua: "Una gota de agua afín a cualquier gota
depositada en el planeta Tierra, depositada sobre la Luna,
tendría un tamaño 2,5 veces menor, porque las proporciones
geométricas óptimas en la Naturaleza aumentan con la raíz
cuadrada del valor de la gravedad" (Heinz Hossdorf)

Un cordial saludo.
R

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

937. Basel. St. Antoniuskirche mit Pfarrhaus















Dear Gustav,

St. Antonius was built only four years after Auguste Perret's
Notre Dame at Raincy by the founding father of modern
Swiss architecture Karl Moser. This is Moser's most relevant
work and the first exposed concrete church built in Switzerland.

Best regards.
R

Sunday, November 3, 2013

936. Puente Rio Tordera




























Dear Mario,

"My final aim has always been for the functional, structural
and aesthetic aspects of a project to present an integrated
whole, both in essence and appearance" (Eduardo Torroja)

Greetings.
R

Friday, November 1, 2013

935. Christchurch Town Hall
















Dear Uini,

"Great buildings don't come about through any one individual"
(Miles Warren)

Regards,
R 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

934. Pieksämäki Cultural Centre
















Dear Timo,

I also believe that the Modern Movement is an inexhaustible
source of architectural concepts, rich in meaning and
history as Kristian Gullichsen declared and confirmed in this
graceful and inspiring building.

Kind regards,
R

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

933. Oviedo. Plaza de la Gesta


Querido Luis,

A la izquierda de esta foto aparece el edificio de Hidroelectrica 

del Cantabrico del arquitecto, pintor y escultor ovetense Joaquin 
Vaquero Palacios. Aunque siguiendo el lenguaje de Mies van der 
Rohe, Vaquero Palacios consiguio dotar al edificio de un toque 
personal que le otorga una complejidad espacial y volumetrica 
muy destacable. Vaquero Palacios colaboro en su juventud con 
Federico Garcia Lorca y tenia lazos familiares con Ruben Dario.

Un abrazo,
R

Sunday, October 27, 2013

932. Madrid, Edificio de la Delegacion Nacional de Sindicatos















Dear Norman,

"Eventually the Casa Sindical will receive the international
acclaim that it deserves as a masterpiece of modern
architecture" (Peter Buchanan)

Sincerely,
R

Friday, October 25, 2013

931. Portland Memorial Coliseum















Dear Robert,

"Architecture is like art when it creates forms that are
expressions of human feelings"
(Suzanne Langer, Feeling and Form)

Regards,
R

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

930. Roma. Via Marmorata e Palazzo delle Poste
















Dear Guido,

"We do not claim to create a style, but from the constant
application of reality, the perfect correspondence of the
building to its aim" (Adalberto Libera and Gruppo 7)

Sincerely,
R

Monday, October 21, 2013

929. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Casa del Niño.















Querida Luz,

La Casa del Niño en Gran Canaria es obra de Miguel Martin-
Fernandez de la Torre aun en su excepcional etapa racionalista,
y justo antes de pasarse al regionalismo neocanario.

Besos.
R

Saturday, October 19, 2013

928. Madrid. Puerta de Toledo
















Queridos Curro, Patricia y Valentin,

Espero que todos esteis bien de salud y razonablemente
felices. Aqui os mando una postal interesante de la Puerta
de Toledo en Madrid. Detras del monumento se aprecian
a la derecha la Biblioteca con su forma cilindrica (todavia
en construccion en la foto), y en el centro, detras de la
Puerta, el Centro de Servicios Sociales. Ambas obras son
del gran arquitecto y artista español Juan Navarro Baldeweg
que las construyo entre 1985 y 1992.

Un abrazo muy afectuoso a todos.
R

Thursday, October 17, 2013

927. Houston, Texas





















Dear Ridley,

"I hate vacations. If you can build buildings,
why sit on the beach?
(Philip Johnson)

Big faker! :)
R

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

926. Lisboa. Centro Cultural de Belem






























Caro Ludovico,
 
"Construction is an assembly of different technologies, that 
are technically placed on different levels" (Vittorio Gregotti)

Saluti,
R