Saturday, August 31, 2013

903. Sabaudia. La casa del Fascio
















Estimados Jose y Pilar,

"En todas las almas, como en todas las casas, ademas
de fachada, hay un interior escondido"
(Raul Germano Brandão)

Con todo el cariño,
R

Thursday, August 29, 2013

902. Louisiana


Dear Agnete,

A picture of the first extension to the old patrician villa that 

serves as the main entrance to the Louisiana Museum 
of modern art in Humlebaek, near Elsinore. This museum, 
with its many expansions over the years, is a masterpiece 
of Danish modernist architecture that brilliantly combines
art, architecture and landscape.

Regards.
R

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

901. Praha. Dum Ustredni rady odboru



Dear Ladislav,

The General Pension Fund Building in Prague-Zizkov
was 
the largest Functionalist structure in the city. It is considered 
by many to be one of the most important works of Czech 
Functionalism and a hallmark for the Czech architectural modern 
movement. 
The freestanding cross-shaped ground plan and the long strips 
of ribbon windows, are two of the architectural features in this 
outstanding building that clearly follows Le Corbusier's design 
precepts.

Regards.
R

Sunday, August 25, 2013

900. Fos Sur Mer. La Tour de Vigie






















Dear David,

If you thought of Laurel & Hardy as an
inspiration for these magnificent observation
tower and water tank at the Port of Marseille,
I think in another eternal couple, Romeo and
Juliet, to compare this bold and terrific image
with those I keep in my mind about the old,
charming and delicate Romeo and Juliet
Windmill that Frank Lloyd Wright built at
Taliesin back in 1896.

Warm regards,
R

Friday, August 23, 2013

899. Marina Bay by Night































Dear Laurent,

In the center of this picture is the Marina Bay Sands Integrated
Resort, topped out with a remarkable cantilevered platform
that contains a vanishing edge swimming pool.
Moshe Safdie, the architect of this building complex, looked for
inspiration in card desks, since the casino is one of the main
features of this outstanding resort that also includes a
2,500-room hotel, a convention center, two theaters, a museum,
an ice skating rink, seven restaurants, and more than 300 stores.

Regards,
R

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

898. La Mémé, Louvain en Woluwe (Bruxelles)
















Dear Peter,

The picture in this postcard shows from left to right the
Restaurant 80, the Medical Faculty Housing, and the
School Chapelle-aux-Champs, all by Belgian iconoclastic
architect Lucien Kroll who partially developed here in
Woluwe-Saint-Lambert an iconic representation of
democratic architecture.

Regards,

Monday, August 19, 2013

897. Valencia. Palau de la Musica

  






























Querida Patricia,

"Mientras un pintor pinta solo un cuadro, el músico y el
arquitecto no pueden hacerlo solos y tienen que explicar
a otros cómo lo tienen que realizar. Por eso yo digo que
la partitura y el plano son artes que se dan la mano".
(José María García de Paredes)

Un abrazo,
R

Saturday, August 17, 2013

896. Salvador-BA-Brasil. Vista aerea do Centro Administrativo































Dear Roberto,

"The path to beauty does not always demand  to be imbued
by the fact to make something beautiful. Sometimes you make
something beautiful through a rational way"
(João Filgueiras Lima Lelé)

Regards,
R

Thursday, August 15, 2013

895. Montecatini Terme.






























Dear Carlo,

"Architecture for architects is wrong, it breaks the
continuity of architectural history. Architecture is not for
architects. it's for the public" (Paolo Portoghesi)

Sincerely,
R

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

894. Montecatini Terme. La Stazione Principale.
















Carissimo Giovanni,

"...tale fabbricato è forse la parte più geniale della nuova
stazione di Montecatini, nel senso che il razionalismo tecnico,
indispensabile nell'edificio viaggiatori, è qui meno rigido.
Là è la macchina che si impone, qui è l'ispirazione che detta.
Il giallo-sole del travertino cede il posto all'ombra fresca della
pietra di grotta" (Il Nuovo Giornale, 4 agosto 1937)

Un caloroso saluto,
R

Sunday, August 11, 2013

893. Solvesborg. Listers harads tingshus


Querido Juanlu,

"...despues de haberlo estudiado, se toma papel limpio y 

se comienza a trabajar con una nueva inspiracion"
(Erik Gunnar Asplund)

Un abrazo.
R

Friday, August 9, 2013

892. Tampere. Tammerfors.














Dear Ossi,

The Tampere Bus Station (Tampereen Linja-autoasema)
is one of the finest examples of early functionalist
architecture in Finland. Although partially bombed by the
Soviets during the Winter War of 1940, the building has been
preserved in its original function and form since it was
built in 1938. With its simple and elegant white facades,
flat roofs, long strips of ribbon windows, and minimal
decoration, the Tampere Bus Station was fully restored in
2008 to recover its original appearance.

Regards,
R

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

891. C.I.E. Bus Terminal, Dublin















Dear Sean & Michel,

"There were no books in the library, it was a very small
department in those days, except for four books by Le
Corbusier, so we were all mad fans o Le Corbusier. You
can see this in the station, it is influenced by the Swiss
Pavilion at the Cite Universitaire in Paris and the Salvation
Army Hostel in Paris also by Le Corbusier"
(Michael Scott)

Best,
R

Monday, August 5, 2013

890. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Casa del Marino




































Querido Nestor,

Miguel Martin-Fernandez de la Torre fue un extraordinario
arquitecto canario que construyo importantes obras
racionalistas como el Cabildo Insular de Gran Canaria,
el Edificio Shell Staibs o el Hospital Psiquiatrico de
Gran Canaria. La Casa del Marino que se muestra en esta
postal supuso un ejemplo muy destacado en el proceso de
retorno a la segunda modernidad arquitectonica en España.
Este inmenso edificio esta compuesto de piezas
programaticamente independientes dedicadas respectivamente
a viviendas, hotel, capilla, clinica y espacios comerciales,
articulandose todas ellas sabiamente en la complicada
parcela triangular donde se enclava el edificio.

Se han establecido concomitancias entre este edificio y otros
de naturaleza similar desarrollados en la misma epoca en
Europa por parte de arquitectos como Alison y Peter Smithson
en Inglaterra o Jacob Bakema y Jo Van den Broek en Holanda.

Saludos afectuosos.
R.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

889. Potsdam. Einstein-Turm





















Hola abuelo,

Aqui te mando otra postal de la
epoca dedicada al observatorio de
Potsdam de Erich Mendelsohn.
Aunque es un edificio mas bien
pequeño esta obra es una de las
cumbres de la arquitectura
expresionista. Hay dos ideas de
gran fuerza expresiva que se funden
en este proyecto: la tendencia a
la verticalidad y la ascension por
una parte y la idea de la cueva y
del mundo subterraneo de naturaleza
Nietzschiana por otra.
Espero que te guste.

Besos.
R

Thursday, August 1, 2013

888. Unity Temple. Oak Park, Illinois
















Querido Enric,

Decia Frank Lloyd Wright que el Estilo es una consecuencia
del Caracter. El Templo Unitario en Oak Park es considerado
por muchos el primer ejemplo de arquitectura moderna
construido en el mundo, y como tal influyo enormemente en
la creacion del estilo moderno en arquitectura.

Un saludo afectuoso.
R