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