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