Friday, November 28, 2014

1108. Diaconessenhuis, Rotterdam
















Dear Jaap,

This is an image of the hallway of a functionalist hospital
designed and built between 1931 and 1938 by J.A. Brinkman
and L.C. van der Vlugt, the architects of the Nieuwe Bouwen
movement who became internationally acclaimed for their
Van Nelle coffee, tea, and tobacco factory in Rotterdam.
Brinkman and Van der Vlugt also built the original Feyenoord
Stadium and several private houses including those for Van de
Leeuw, Boeve, and De Bruin.

Best regards,
R


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

1107. Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, Florida Southern College
















Dear Eugene,

"A Child of the Sun where to bring God’s outdoors
into man’s indoors.” (Frank Lloyd Wright)

Best,
R


Monday, November 24, 2014

1106. Bond Centre Office Towers, Hong Kong





















Dear Norman,

"Paul Rudolph believed that people
perceived the lower floors of a high-rise
building in a different manner: the upper
levels can be scaleless, but that at street
level should possess a human scale to
relate it to the urban context in which it
is located" (Tony Monk)

Regards,
R

Friday, November 21, 2014

1105. Estepona, Plaza de Toros
















Querido abuelo Jose,

La fiesta de los toros se empezo a celebrar en España
en la plazas mayores de pueblos y ciudades. Con el
tiempo se llego a desarrollar un tipo de edificio especifico
para este fin llamado Plaza de Toros. Modernamente las
plazas de toros se siguen transformando en edificios cada
vez mas complejos en forma y uso. Un buen ejemplo de
ello es la Plaza de Toros de Estepona en Malaga que
responde con su graderio asimetrico a otros tipos de
espectaculos y que acoge en su conjunto varios museos
municipales.

Un abrazo,
R


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

1104. Nazareth, The Church of the Annunciation

















Dear Leonardo,

"Only discipline and communal feeling could lead, shortly,
to a new architecture" (Giovanni Muzio)

Regards,
R

Monday, November 17, 2014

1103. Im Asmundur-Museum in Reykjavik

















Dear Ríkarður,

Icelandic sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson designed and
constructed his house and studio from 1942 to 1959
inspired by the vernacular domed buildings typically seen
in the Mediterranean and Middle East cultures. In 1983
an addition to the building was built to serve as the
Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum. The picture
shows a crescent-shaped building that housed the
original scupltor's studio.

Greetings,
R

Friday, November 14, 2014

1102. Centre Pompidou-Metz

















Dear Philips,

PdP: When you were a child, did you want to become an
architect?
SB: No, I wanted to be a carpenter.

Regards,
R

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

1101. The Menil Collection

















Caro Gio,

"Architecture is about illusion and symbolism, semantics,
and the art of telling stories." (Renzo Piano)

Saluti,
R

Monday, November 10, 2014

1100. Genova, Piazza Sturla, Panorama
















Querida Cristina,

La antigua Casa del Fascio de Genova construida en
1938 fue un proyecto del ingeniero y arquitecto italiano
Luigi Carlo Daneri. Contrariamente a otras muchas casas
del partido fascista, ésta muestra una clara influencia de
los preceptos racionalista defendidos por Le Corbusier,
concretamente de sus conocidos cinco puntos. Esa
influencia hace que su arquitectura tenga claras
concomitancias con la de la Ville Savoye del maestro
suizo. Gio Ponti, el gran artista y arquitecto italiano,
admiró enormemente la ligereza, claridad y transparencia
de este edificio.

Besos,
R

Friday, November 7, 2014

1099. Karlskirche mit U-Bahn-Station von Otto Wagner

















Dear Joseph,

"Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning
doorway to life." (Daisaku Ikeda)

Greetings,
R

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

1098. Ciudad de Mexico. Auditorio Nacional
















Estimados Oscar y Guillermo,

El monumental Auditorio Nacional situado en el Paseo
de la Reforma de Mexico D.F. esta considerado
como uno de los mejores escenarios del mundo. El
edificio fue inaugurado en 1953 siguiendo el proyecto
de Fernando Peña y fue extensamente remodelado por
los arquitectos Abraham Zabludovsky y Teodoro
Gonzalez de Leon en 1991.

Saludos,
R

Monday, November 3, 2014

1097. Sculpture garden, Art Gallery. Yale University















Dear Lamont,

"Five crabapple trees would tend to lift the terrace and
create the 4th wall enclosing the sculpture court below."
(Louis I. Kahn)

R