Sunday, September 29, 2013

918. La Petite Bibliothèque Ronde. Clamart






























Dear David

This little children round library is truly a little gem.
Architects from Atelier de Montrouge worked here
in tune with the principles of some of the contemporary
structuralist international architects, and it seems to me
that specially with the ideas of Dutch architect Aldo
van Eyck. Van Eyck's project "The Wheels of Heaven"
for a protestant church in Driebergen of 1963, for
example, is formally and conceptually very similar to
this wonderful little library. Van Eyck once said that there
is a kind of spatial appreciation which makes us to envy
birds in flight, and also a kind which makes us recall the
sheltered enclosure of our origin, and that architecture
will fail if it neglects either the one or the other. Both,
spatiality and interiority are masterly exhibited in this
charming building.

Warm regards.
R

Friday, September 27, 2013

917. Cloquet, Minn.
















Dear Sam,

"An idea is salvation by imagination." (Frank Lloyd Wright)

This is the only gas station that was designed and built
by the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Best,
R

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

916. Menara Maybank, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
















Dear Gina,

"Good architecture has many elements of art. It all depends
on how you approach a building, whether you look at it as a
mechanical box or as a piece of sculpture.” (Hijjas Kasturi)

Regards,
R

Monday, September 23, 2013

915. Bilbao. Calle de Buenos Aires
















Querida Ines,

Esta es la segunda tarjeta de Bilbao que te mando.
Espero poder seguir mandandote mas de esa maravillosa
ciudad.
A la izquierda de la imagen se ve el Edifcio Aviacion
y Comercio, obra eclectica de inspiracion racionalista
de los arquitectos Ispizua y Arzadun. Ispizua habia
estudiado en Barcelona e hizo sus practicas con Gaudi
en la Sagrada Familia. De vuelta en el Pais Vasco se
establecio en Bilbao donde construyo numerosos edificios
de apartamentos, el Mercado de la Ribera, el Colegio Luis
Briñas, o el Teatro Ayala. Tambien llevo a cabo edificios
muy conocidos como el Kiosko del Arenal o el famoso
Tigre de Deusto.

Besos,
R

Saturday, September 21, 2013

914. Das Stadion Dynamo, Moskau



Dear Paul,

"In a city, time becomes visible" (Lewis Mumford)

Kind regards.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

913. Views of Punjab University. Chandigarh, India




























Dear Tanu,

Of all the buildings Pierre Jeanneret designed after 15 years
of intensive work in Chandigarh, the Gandhi Bhawan is
without doubt his best known. This remarkable building
comprises three separate structures under one big single
roof and is the home of the Ghandian Studies Library. Its
eloquent shape evokes a lotus flower floating on water.

All the best.
R

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

912. Eigen Haard



Dear Jo,

Michel de Klerk is one of the most 

important architect in Dutch modern 
history. Michel de Klerk, Piet Kramer,
and
Jo van der Mey founded the 
Amsterdam School in 1916. The
architects of this movement explored 
and created new forms that reflected 
their vision of a new society.

Regards.
R

Sunday, September 15, 2013

911. University of Minnesota. McNamara Alumni Center
















Dear Louis,

"Architecture should grow from its site, responding to
the site’s physicality, layers of occupation, technology
and spirit. Each building should be a singular unique
event of its time and place." (Antoine Predock)

Best regards,
R

Friday, September 13, 2013

910. IIT Metallurgical and Chemical Engineering Building (Perlstein Hall), Chicago, Illinois



Querido Bolivar,

The origin of architecture was in the first time "two bricks
were put together well" (Mies van der Rohe)

Un cordial saludo,

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

909. Le Maroc Mediterraneen, Cabo Negro L'Hotel Yasmine































Cher Élie,

"Habia algo misterioso y amezante en esos muros, como
si en lugar de hombres, vivieran en su interior espiritus
sobrenaturales" (Désert, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio)

Recevez mes salutations distinguées.
R

Monday, September 9, 2013

908. Bilbao. Antiguo Estadio de San Mames




























Querido Iñaki,

Hoy jugaba el athetic en Bilbao. Al salir de un cafe he
vuelto a oir reproducida la misma conversacion que
empezo a darse hace ya cien años:

- ¿A dónde vas?
- A San Mamés
- ¿A la ermita?
- No, a la Catedral

Aupa Athetic
Un abrazo,
R

Saturday, September 7, 2013

907. Nuovo Teatro Politeama, Catanzaro






























Dear Chistian,

"This craze of mine to contaminate, to put vastly removed
and sometimes highly contradictory things together,
convincing them to love each other" (Paolo Portoghese)

Regards,
R

Thursday, September 5, 2013

906. Puerto Rico. New Supreme Court Building















Estimado Enrique,

Osvaldo Toro y Miguel Ferrer fueron dos pioneros arquitectos
portoriqueños que desarollaron una arquitectura moderna de
altisima calidad en la isla de Puerto Rico. Manteniendose
siempre sensibles a las condiciones climaticas, paisajistas y
culturales del entorno, iniciaron junto Henry Klumb el
movimiento que se ha venido a conocer como Modernidad
Tropical. Obras tan destacadas como el Caribe Hilton, el
Aeropuerto Internacional en Isla Verde, o la Corte Suprema,
son solo algunos ejemplos de su magnifica produccion.

La calidad de su arquitectura ha perdurado no solo en sus
obras sino tambien en el quehacer de sus descendientes,
tambien arquitectos, que mantienen viva y vigente la mitica
firma fundada en 1945.

Cordialmente.
R

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

905. Kalambaka, Motel Xenia





























Querida Ines,

Al volver de visitar el Monasterio Roussanou, aun habitado
por monjes, y que es uno de los seis famosos monasterios
colgantes de Meteora, me he alojado en el maravilloso
Motel Xenia proyectado por el excepcional arquitecto griego
Aris Konstantinidis.
Como Bernardo, he querido entonces dejar mi cuerpo en la
puerta...

Besos,
R

Sunday, September 1, 2013

904. Pescia. Nuovo mercato dei fiori



Dear Walter,

Ernesto Nathan Rogers said about the new Flower Market 

of Pescia that its prospective succession of arches and vaults, 
statically logical and consistent yet slightly material, reminds 
him Brunelleschi's structures.

Sincerely.
R