Wednesday, April 30, 2014

1017. Reader's Digest, Tokyo, Japan
















Dear Koichi,

"Some of the most important factors in modern architecture
are flexibility, mobility, adaptations to varied uses; and I
would add that all these elements are capable of creating
an atmosphere of serenity and calm, life, and joy"
(Antonin Raymond)

Although the recipient of the third Annual Award offered by
the Architectural Institute of Japan, the Reader's Digest
Tokyo headquarters office building was wistfully demolished
in 1963.

Gratefully,
R

Monday, April 28, 2014

1016. Galerie des Machines, 1910
















Dear David

When built in 1889 the Machine Hall became the most
important metal-and-glass structure of the 19th century.
This magnificent 427-meter long structure had 18 steel
arch frames 45 meters high spanned about 115 meters.
It was considered one of the most magnificent symbols of
the Industrial Revolution. In 1906 the City Council decided
to demolish the building to make room for the Champs de
Mars.

Very best,
R

Friday, April 25, 2014

1015. Brno, Výstaviště
































Dear Italo,

"I mainly want to establish at this point that the dynamic
process of the city tends  more to evolution than preservation,
and that in evolution monuments are not only preserved but
continuously presented as propelling elements of development"
(The Architecture of the City- Aldo Rossi)

Respectfully,
R

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

1014. Philadelphia and Independence National Historical Park


















Dear Vito,

"Let's salute the notion of joint creativity"
(Denise Scott Brown)

Thank you for your creativity Mrs. Scott Brown.
Thank you for your creativity Mr. Ventury

R

Monday, April 21, 2014

1013. Bellinzona. Le nuove piscine.
















Dear Aldo,

"This project is subordinated to an idea of circulation which
structures the spaces. To construct circulation is a fixation
of mine which derives directly from Le Corbusier's images
of Algiers and Rio" (Aurelio Galfetti)

Regards,
R

Friday, April 18, 2014

1012. Messe Frankfurt

















Dear Hans,

“There is a great misunderstanding among architects.
They think they are inventors and always need to be
avant-garde. But you cannot permanently exist as an
avant-garde. That is impossible.”
(Oswald Mathias Ungers)

Regards,
R

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

1011. Urbino. Collegio Universitario
















Estimado Vito,

Sigo creyendo en aquello que el maestro De Carlo solia
decir frecuentemente sobre que la arquitectura es demasiado
importante para dejarla en manos de los arquitectos.

Afectuosamente.
R

Monday, April 14, 2014

1010. Hotel Don Pancho, Benidorm





















Querida Olga,

Este hotel en Benidorm es obra del gran
arquitecto alicantino Juan Antonio Garcia
Solera. Perteneciente a la segunda generacion
de posguerra de arquitectos españoles
modernos Garcia Solera fue contemporaneo
de Corrales, Molezun, Garcia de Paredes,
Bohigas, Mila, Saenz de Oiza, La Hoz
o Javier Carvajal entre otros.
En este hotel el arquitecto combina
magistralmente la funcionalidad y la plasticidad
del edificio curvando expresivamente la fachada.
Con este sencillo gesto consigue suavizar la
presencia impositiva del volumen principal y
dotar al mismo tiempo a todas las habitaciones
de optimo soleamiento y excelentes vistas al mar.

Un abrazo,
R

Friday, April 11, 2014

1009. Stanhill 34 Queen's road, Melbourne
















Dear Roy,

German architect Frederick Romberg was born in China
and trained as an architect in Switzerland. He established
his professional practice in Australia where he lived for more
than 50 years until his death in 1992.
His masterpiece Stanhill Flats located in South Melbourne,
Victoria, was designed in 1943 and postponed due to the
Worl War II until it was finsihed in 1950. Although this
building is highly functionalist quickly became an architectural
local landmark because of its wonderful expressionist
design that resembles a colossal ship with its cantilevered
balconies.

Cheers,
R

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

1008. Alger, La Cathedrale



Queridos Concha, Amparo y Antonio,

He leido en algun sitio que cuando se proyecto la 
Catedral del Sagrado Corazon de Argel los arquitectos
se inspiraron en el Evangelio de San Juan. Por sus
formas escultoricas me gusta pensar que de alguna
manera esta simboliza la escatologia como accion
(transformarse en lo que Dios espera de nosotros) 
contrariamente a la escatologia del conocimiento
(esperar la intervencion divina)

Muchos besos,
R

Monday, April 7, 2014

1007. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Auditorio Alfredo Kraus
















Querido Joaquin,

Antes que el sueño (o el terror) tejiera
Mitologías y cosmogonías,
Antes que el tiempo se acuñara en días,
El mar, el siempre mar, ya estaba y era.
¿Quién es el mar? ¿Quién es aquel violento
Y antiguo ser que roe los pilares
De la tierra y es uno y muchos mares
Y abismo y resplandor y azar y viento?
Quien lo mira lo ve por vez primera,
Siempre. Con el asombro que las cosas
Elementales dejan, las hermosas
Tardes, la luna, el fuego de una hoguera.
¿Quién es el mar, quién soy? Lo sabré el día
Ulterior que sucede a la agonía.

(El mar. Jorge Luis Borges)

Agradecido,
R

Friday, April 4, 2014

1006. Assembly Hall, Chandigarh





























Querida Ines,

"Unas salas no eran mas que rocas, otra eran solo junglas,
en otras se rompian las olas del mar; por otras iban y
venian pavos reales. Del techo de una sala circular pendian
miles de oriflamas." (Las Cosas. Georges Perec)

Pensaba Perec en el Palacio de Asambleas de Chandigarh
cuando escribio este pasaje?

Besos,
R

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

1005. Saynatsalo, kunnantalo





























Dear Martin,

"Architecture and its details are in some way all part of
biology" (Alvar Aalto)

Best regards,
R