Friday, October 31, 2014

1096. The Teikoku Hotel, Tokyo

Dear Richard,

"They all listened and they understood, in a way. But finally
the chief rose to his feet and said: Mr Wright, (he spoke very
good English) you are a very famous architect. You wouldn't
come here and try to build us something that would fall down;
and while we do not understand the principles  that you have
tried to explain to us, we have confidence that you will do
something from which we can learn. You may go ahead and
build your building and we will watch and we will hope to
learn" (Frank Lloyd Wright)


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

1095. Helsinki. The eastern orthodox cathedral and modern architecture

Dear Carlo,

"Architecture must have charm; it is a factor of beauty in
society. But real beauty is not a conception of form which
can be taught, it is the result of harmony between several
intrinsic factors, not least the social." (Alvar Aalto)


Monday, October 27, 2014

1094. Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Japan

Dear Kazuyo,

"Space is the breath of art" (Frank Lloyd Wright)


Friday, October 24, 2014

1093. Humana Building

Dear Fernando,

"Good design to me is both appearance and functionality
together. It’s the experience that makes it good design"
(Michael Graves)

Best wishes,

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

1092. Hallenstadion Zurich-Oerlikon

Dear Mercedes,

"The achievement of Swiss architects rests less upon
pioneering work in the field of structure and form that
on the love of perfection and quality, in the painstaking
execution of details and in a highly developed sense of
social responsibility."(Jürgen Joedicke)


Monday, October 20, 2014

1091. Brasilia. Vista aerea do Palacio Itamarati

Dear Philip,

"After all, what remains in architecture are the monumental
works, the ones that mark history and technical evolution,
those that socially justified or not, still touch us".
(Oscar Niemeyer)


Friday, October 17, 2014

1090. New York City. The Freedom Tower

Dear Daniel,

“Freedom is what we do with what is
done to us.” (Jean-Paul Sartre)


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

1089. Dubai. Burj Khalifa

Dear Ann,

2010 Burj Khalifa.

Total height: 2,755 ft
Floor area: 3,331,100 sqf
Cost: about $1,500,000,000
Floor count: 163
Elevators: 57
Occupancy: 135,000 people
Parking spaces 14,000

1956 Mile High Skyscraper by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Total height: 5,680 ft
Floor area: 6,000,000 sqf
Cost: about  $522,000,000 (60,000,000 in 1956)
Floor count: 528
Elevators: 76
Occupancy: 100,000 people
Parking spaces 15,000

"Reality can be beaten with enough
imagination"(Mark Twain)


Monday, October 13, 2014

1088. Hotel Jagua, Punta Gorda, Cienfuegos, Cuba

Estimada Maria,

En esta antigua imagen en color se muestra la singular
composicion de la fachada trasera del Hotel Jagua. La
combinacion ritmica de los antepechos ciegos coloreados
de los balcones de las habitaciones forman un gigantesco
mural no exento de ciertas connotaciones neoplasticistas.

Enhorabuena por su libro.

Friday, October 10, 2014

1087. Tbilisi, Georgia. Bridge of Peace.

Dear Pietro,

"To me the ultimate goal of Design is to promote pursuit
of knowledge through objects" (Michele De Lucchi)


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

1086. The California Aerospace Museum. Los Angeles

Dear Sam,

"An architect is given a program, budget,
place, and schedule. Sometimes the end
product rises to art -or at least people
call it that-." (Frank Gehry)


Monday, October 6, 2014

1085. Hundertwasserhaus

Dear Pat & Dudley,

"Window in rank and file are sad, 
windows must be able to dance."
(Friedensreich Hundertwasser)


Friday, October 3, 2014

1084. Motel El Hidalgo. Valdepeñas

Querida Miguel Angel,

El Motel Hidalgo situado en Valdepeñas planteo
explicitamente el modelo americano de motel de
carretera. Sus modernas lineas horizontales, sus torres
anuncios, sus materiales ligeros a base de madera,
ladrillo y carpinteria metalica pretendieron implantar una
temprana modernidad en la meseta castellana

Un abrazo,

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

1083. Oslo. Samfunnshuset

Dear Magnus,

This compelling community center in Oslo is a premature
example of a mixed use building. Built in 1940 the center
houses a conference center, large meeting rooms for the
community, offices, and multiple stores. The compositions
of the muscular but elegant facades are consistent with the
different interior functions.