Friday, January 30, 2015

1135. Sanatorium Zonnestraal, Hilversum

Dear Katherine,

It would better to greet you as water,
To embrace you as light
And know you as wind.
Be brushed and buoyed by me,
Held and washed over, my arms long to know you

Make me into league-like depths,
And the air I no longer need to come up for.
Leave me of another likeness,
And I will know you still.
I will love you better,
I will be fulfilled.

(Katherine Orloff- Another Likeness)

(The underlined font is mine)
Thank you Katherine,

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

1134. Berlin. Neue Nationalgalerie

Estimada Anatxu,

Hace meses hice un comentario a uno de sus artículos
publicados en El País para establecer un paralelismo
entre la pertinencia de los ejemplos de arquitectura social
que mostrabas entonces y la convicción miesiana de que
la arquitectura debía regirse por el espíritu de la época en
que se desarrolla. Esta hermosa imagen nocturna de la
Galería Nacional de Berlín constituye un ejemplo palmario
de esa poderosa idea.


Monday, January 26, 2015

1133. Berlin- Altes Museum

Dear John,

"Two elements must be distinguished precisely: the one intended
to work for practical necessity and the one that is meant only to
express directly the pure idea" (Karl Friedrich Schinkel)

This very idea of architecture influenced years later the work of
Mies van der Rohe with the ideological opposition of form and

Best wishes,

Friday, January 23, 2015

1132. Genova. Costruzioni caratteristiche di Via Elio Modigliani

Querido Fernando,

"La arquitectura exalta algo. Por eso, alli donde no hay nada
que exaltar, no puede haber arquitectura"
(Ludwig Wittgenstein)


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

1131. Bruxelles. Avenue de Tervueren. Villa Stocle

Dear Anny,

"Art is a line around your thoughts" (Gustav Klimt)

Best wishes,

Monday, January 19, 2015

1130. Talmastraat hoek Cooperatiestraat, Amsterdam.

Dear Lodewijk,

In 1920 Michel de Klerk and Piet L. Kramer, two of the leading
architects of the Amsterdam School, received the commision to
design the De Dageraad (The Dawn) housing district located in
the Amsterdam's Oud-Zuid district.
The complex was adjusted to the previous Berlage's town planning
design and included 294 dwellings and 6 retail spaces. Angular
street layout were introduced in this planning design to allow for
a visually rich urban landscape. The most impressive features can
be found on some street corners, especially at the corner of
Takstraat and Burgemeester Tellegenstraat where projecting
undulating planes create a fascinating and dynamic effect.
The image of this vintage postcard shows the intersection of
Talmastraat with Burgemeester Tellegenstraat seen on the right
side of the image.


Friday, January 16, 2015

1129. Therme Vals

Dear Olivia,

"The principle of confined movement in a few places and
then expansive freedom of movement in larger areas inside
the building is something I discovered while working on the
Therme Vals and have subsequently used again and again"
(Peter Zumthor)

Best wishes,

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

1128. Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro

Estimado Helio,

"Pero no sólo se ha transformado el antiguo concepto de
museo: también lo ha hecho la propia noción de espacio
arquitectónico. El desarrollo de las nuevas técnicas de
construcción ha dado lugar a una estructura independiente
y, en consecuencia, a la planta libre. (...) Surge así un nuevo
concepto de espacio arquitectónico, el "espacio fluyente"
que sustituye a la antigua noción de "espacio confinado"
dentro de los límites de una caja"
(Affonso Eduardo Reidy)

Saludos cordiales,

Monday, January 12, 2015

1127. Amsterdam. New Metropolis

Dear Louis,

“Architecture is art, but art vastly contaminated by
many other things. Contaminated in the best sense
of the word – fed, fertilized by many things.”
(Renzo Piano)

A great picture of the whale-like Nemo Science
Center in Amsterdam.

Mobilis in Mobili,

Friday, January 9, 2015

1126. Bucaresti, B-dul Take Ionescu

Dear Elena,

The cinema Scala in Bucharest was built by one of the leader
architects of the 1930s pioneering Modernist movement in
Germany: Rudolf Fränkel. He was also the designer of the
Lichtberg Cinema, another celebrated film theater built in Berlin
in 1929, that shares with the Scala its reminiscences of the
compelling expressionist architecture of Erich Mendelsohn.

Kind regards,

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

1125. Nathan G. Moore House, Oak Park, Illinois.

Dear Thomas,

In 1895 Attorney Nathan G. Moore hired architect Frank
Lloyd Wright to design and build a half-timbered house for
him and his family in the village of Oak Park, located just a
few miles west of Chicago. In 1922 a big fire broke out and
the entire second floor and roof of the house were destroyed.
Wright redesigned and reconstructed the house that he had
built some 25 years earlier combining the original Tudor style
with Sullivanesque brick and terracotta ornaments.


Monday, January 5, 2015

1124. Matosinhos. Piscina da Praia de Leca

Querido Javier,

"Cualquier diseño es un intento de captar con el mayor rigor
posible y con todos su matices un momento concreto de una
imagen fugaz.  Esa cualidad transitoria se captará
satisfactoriamente en los proyectos en la medida en que sea
más o menos precisa; y cuanto más patente más vulnerable
será." (Alvaro Siza Vieira)

Un abrazo,

Friday, January 2, 2015

1123. Hoek van Holland

Dear Margreth,

"The modern machine needs the "round" element,
for it has the advantage of circular movements as
opposed to the straight forward and backward
movements of man's hand and feet" (El Lissitzky)