Wednesday, December 31, 2014

1122. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Alfred Newton Richards Medical Research Building.
















Dear Samuel,

"What, or where, was the source
of his inspiration,
of his judgement?
There will be found
the creative process
of Nature itself"

¿Cuál era y donde estaba la fuente
de su inspiración, de su discernimiento?
En ella encontraremos el proceso creador
de la naturaleza misma.

(Jonas Salk, In memory of Louis I. Kahn)

Happy new year to you!
R

Monday, December 29, 2014

1121. Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale. Busto Arsizio
















Dear Vladimir,

"The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the
invisible." (Oscar Wilde)

Regards,
R

Friday, December 26, 2014

1120. Sevilla. Barrio de los Remedios
















Querida Cristina,

Esta es una interesante foto coloreada de la Plaza de
Cuba antes de que se configurara como rotonda de
tráfico con la fuente central en forma de riñón. De los
cuatro grandes bloques que conforman en la actualidad
la fachada de la plaza en la foto sólo está construido uno
de los que el arquitecto madrileño Luis Gutierrez Soto
proyectó para este enclave. El de la imagen se terminó
en 1957 y el segundo que es igual al primero y se situa
al otro lado de la avenida en 1964. Las grandes terrazas
ajardinadas, la calidad de los materiales, y la complejidad
de los espacios interiores de las 27 viviendas de lujo
incluidas en cada bloque, revelan el valor de estos edificios
que supieron además construir tan acertadamente un
importante fragmento de fachada urbana hacia el rio
Guadalquivir.

Besos,
R

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

1119. Montmagny. Chapelle Sainte Thérèse. Interieur















Dear David,

Tonight we will attend Christmas Eve mass (Misa de Gallo)
at the church of Sainte Thérèse. The architecture of Auguste
Perret and the art of Valentine Reyre will make this celebration
even more special.

Merry Christmas,
R

Monday, December 22, 2014

1118. La Sala "O", Mostra della Rivoluzione Fascista, Roma, 1932















Estimado Umberto,

"Reconstruir mediante elementos fugaces y pasajeros de
la crónica cotidiana la perennidad de la historia, (...)
recrear la atsmósfera de los tiempos, toda fuego y fiebre,
tumultuosa, lírica y resplandesciente (...) hacer cosas
modernísimas y audaces, sin melancólicos recuerdos de
los estilos del pasado." (Alfieri y Freddi)

Agradecido,
R

Friday, December 19, 2014

1117. M.I.T. Chapel, Cambridge, MASS.















Dear Aline,

"I have always remembered one night on my travels as a
student when I sat in a mountain village in Sparta. There
was bright moonlight over head and then there was a soft,
hushed secondary light around the horizon. That sort of
bilateral lighting seemed best to achieve this otherworldly
sense. Thus, the central light would come from above the
altar-dramatized by the shimmering golden screen by Harry
Bertoia- and the secondary light would be light reflected up
from the surrounding moat through the arches"
(Eero Saarinen)

Best wishes,
R


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

1116. MAM. Rio de Janeiro
















Dear Lucio,

Brazilian architect Affonso Eduardo Reidy was born in
France of a Brazilian-Italian mother, and an English father.
Despite this circunstance his architecture is unmistakably
Brazilian Modernist. His Rio de Janeiro Museum of Modern
Art was intended to harmonize architecture with the natural
landscape by stressing the horizontality of the building in
contrast with the undulating line of the mountains. Inside the
main building the entire ground floor with the exception of the
entrance is completely free allowing an uninterrupted view of
the sea.

Regards,
R

Monday, December 15, 2014

1115. Abdiij Roosenberg
















Querido Gabriel,

"Hay en la arquitectura de Van der Laan, como en la
de otros grandes maestros, un sello de identidad, muy
diferente al de la fastuosa arquitectura contemporánea,
y que se refleja en la expresión natural de su condición
humana, reflejo de la historia interna de la arquitectura.
(...) Sólo lo permanente, lo intrahistórico. Lo antiguo y
lo moderno se anulan en su identificación con el presente
eterno."
(Otras Vias. Pikionis, Lewerentz y Van der Laan,
Jose Ignacio Linazasoro)

Saludos cordiales,
R

Friday, December 12, 2014

1114. Sao Jose dos Campos, C.T.A. Apartamentos















Dear Norman,

“When a form creates beauty it becomes functional and
therefore fundamental in architecture.”
(Oscar Niemeyer)

Best wishes,
R

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

1113. Hotel Punta Negra, Mallorca
















Querido Felix,

El Hotel Punta Negra constituyó una innovadora y refrescante
ruptura con el prototipo de hotel moderno en altura que
dominó esta época en España. Su arquitectura, aunque
incontestablemente moderna, mantiene una gran sintonía con
la arquitectura ancestral que se manifiesta a través de su escala
doméstica, su relación armónica con el paisaje, la diversidad
de los espacios y la sabia elección de materiales y técnicas
constructivas.

Saludos,
R

Monday, December 8, 2014

1112. Los Angeles Philharmonic

















Dear Chris,

"The architect of the future will build imitating Nature"
(Antoni Gaudi)

Best,
R

Friday, December 5, 2014

1111. Salgina Brücke bei Schiers





















Dear Maire-Claire,

The more rational the design was the
more alluring the bridge became.

Regards,
R


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

1110. Pfarrkirche Linz, St. Theresia





















Dear Steven,

"The art of building, as we meant it, is the
creation of living form, and the church as
we meant it, is not merely a walled shelter,
but everything together: building and people,
body and soul, the human beings and Christ,
a whole spiritual universe–a universe, indeed,
which must ever be brought into reality anew"
(Rudolf Schwarz)

Greetings,
R


Monday, December 1, 2014

1109. Sanatorium Bucegi, Predeal
















Dear Georges,

Marcel Janco, the leading advocate of Constructivism in
eastern Europe, was along with his brother Jules the
architect of the private sanatorium of Predeal, outside
of Bucharest. Marcel Janco was a leading Romanian
Jewish architect and art theorist, and the co-creator of
Dadaism.

Best wishes,
R