Friday, February 27, 2015

1147. Teologado de Dominicos San Pedro Mártir. Madrid





















Estimado Luis,

(...)
Difíciles barrancos de escaleras,
calladas cataratas de ascensores,
!qué impresión de vacío!,
(...)

(Miguel Hernández, El Silbo de 
Afirmación en la Aldea)

Gracias por tu sabiduría.
R

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

1146. Geneve. La Maison Ronde
















Dear Pierre,

Maurice Braillard, the designer of the Round House,
had in common with Alvar Aalto his strong professional
interest on housing and his refusal of strict functionalism.
This well-known semicircular building in Geneva was also
as typologically experimental as it was the Schönbühl
residential tower that Aalto, along with Fleig and Wandeler,
built in Lucerne some 30 years later.

Best wishes,
R



Monday, February 23, 2015

1145. La Sextant. Les Mathes. Charente-Maritime
















Dear Corey,

This summer house in Les Mathes, near to La Rochelle,
was built by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret back in
1935 under such limited budget that the architects
couldn't afford to travel to visit the site neiher before or
during construction for inspection and supervision.
Nevertheless a well-thought project from the architects
and the honest work of a small village contractor made
possible the construction of this stone masonry home in a
more than satisfactory way.

Regards,
R  

Friday, February 20, 2015

1144. Ferrara. Palazzo Aeronautica





















Dear Guido,

"We feel that this is our architecture, because
we are the inheritors of Roman building
power. Profoundly rational, utilitarian, and
industrial as they were the characteristics of
Roman architecture".
(First Exhibition of Rationalist Architecture,
Rome, 1928)

Cheers,

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

1143. Caracas, Venezuela















Querido Juan Carlos,

Esta asombrosa casa colgada de la colina de Bello Monte
en Caracas tiene para mi el mismo carácter y vivacidad que
los maravillosos e irrepetibles muebles construidos por Carlo
Mollino o Ico Parisi.

Un abrazo,
R

Monday, February 16, 2015

1142. Lahti Starckjohann
















Dear Malcolm,

The Starckjohann Building in Lathi is one of the first self-service
wholesale and over-the-counter stores in Europe. This
eye-catching functionalist building has many common features
with another important commercial building of the 1930s in
Finland: the Latsipalatsi Glass Building in Helsinki.

Kind regards,
R

Friday, February 13, 2015

1141. Joao Pessoa, Brasil. Hotel Tambaú

















Estimado Eduardo,

"La arquitectura es la forma más sencilla de articular el
tiempo y el espacio, de modular la realidad, de hacer
soñar." (Gilles Ivain)

Con todo mi afecto,
R


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

1140. Centro de Convivencia, Campinas, Brasil















Querido Roberto,

"Nuestra propuesta consistia en crear un espacio de
encuentro. Separando los distintas partes y ámbitos del
teatro queríamos que el espíritu del lugar fuese capaz de
atraer al ciudadano común y corriente, que al cruzar
entre esas piezas se viese sorprendido de repente por
un grupo ensayando una pieza de ballet, por unos músicos
afinando sus intrumentos o por una compañía de circo con
sus malabares. De esa forma el ciudadano imaginario sería
despertado y podría comezar a iluminar su vida con las
cosas de la cultura" (Fabio Penteado)

Un abrazo afectuoso,
R

Monday, February 9, 2015

1139. Chrysler Building, New York























































































































































































Dear Noah,

When completed in 1930 the most admired Chrysler Building
was one of the most recognizable built expressions of the
myth of modern luxury already embodied in the sumptuous
and innovative 1930s classic cars. After more than 80 years
the Chrysler Building is still the highest steel-supported brick
building in the world. The light and dark grey bricks, more
abundant in the lower and middle levels, let the "Nirosta"
stainless steel to become the main cladding material as it
rose toward the secretly constructed 125 feet-long steel spire.

Best regards,
R

Friday, February 6, 2015

1138. Bordeaux. Stade Municipal.
















Dear Daniel,

"Architecture begins where engineering ends"
(Walter Gropius)

Best,
R

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

1137. Buenos Aires. Edificio Safico





















Querido Ricardo,

"La arquitectura debe dar forma a lo que en el mundo
contemporáneo tiende a desaparecer" (Louis I. Kahn)

Abrazos,
R

Monday, February 2, 2015

1136. Heladeria Coppelia, La Habana

















Querida Gloria,

Decía Alejo Carpentier que él luchaba por ser nacionalista
y vanguardiasta al mismo tiempo, aunque era consciente de
que lo primero significaba defender la tradición y lo segundo
erradicarla.

La popular Heladería Copelia, en el tradicional barrio de
El Vedado, es una féliz reinterpretación vanguardista del
clásico sistema gótico de contrafuertes y arbotantes.

Besos,
R