Wednesday, April 29, 2015

1173. Wroclaw. Hotel Turystyczny
















Dear Werner,

"One wishes to see something of the boldness of modern ship
structures transferred to the design of houses and thus hopes
to overcome the fussiness and narrowness of today's housing"
(Hans Scharoun)

Best regards,
R

Monday, April 27, 2015

1172. Ruissalo-Runsala, Villa Warén.
















Dear Tim,

The serie of villas that Erik Bryggman designed in the
1930s were key to his later work and a testing ground
to study contemporary ideas and trends on a small scale.
For example this postcard shows a nice view of Villa
Warén which expresses quite explicitly the main features
of early Functionalism.

Regards,
R

Friday, April 24, 2015

1171. Imatra, Kotmen Ristin Kirkko

















Querida Cristina,

"La auténtica esencia de la arquitectura consiste en una
reminiscencia variada y en desarrollo de la vida orgánica
y natural" (Alvar Aalto)

Besos,
R

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

1170. Tsentrosoyuz, Москва

















Estimado Pelayo:

"Entonces se asomó por la ventana, y sorprendió al
ángel en las primeras tentativas de vuelo. Eran tan
torpes, que abrió con las uñas un surco de arado en
las hortalizas y estuvo a punto de desbaratar el cobertizo
con aquellos aletazos indignos que resbalaban en la luz
y no encontraban asidero en el aire. Pero logró ganar
altura. Elisenda exhaló un suspiro de descanso, por ella
y por él, cuando lo vio pasar por encima de las últimas
casas, sustentándose de cualquier modo con un azaroso
aleteo de buitre senil. Siguió viéndolo hasta cuando ya
acabó de cortar la cebolla, y siguió viéndolo hasta
cuando ya no era posible que lo pudiera ver, porque
entonces ya no era un estorbo en su vida, sino un punto
imaginario en el horizonte del mar."
(Gabriel García Márquez-Un Señor Muy Viejo Con Unas
Alas Enormes)

Suyo,
R

Monday, April 20, 2015

1169. Ristinkirkko, Lahti


















Dear Jochen,

"What is Aalto's legacy today? The human factor
and respect for ordinary people. The big tree does
not only cast a big shadow, it could also be
considered an allegory of teaching and learning"
(Samuli Miettinen of JKMM Architects)

Regards,
R

Friday, April 17, 2015

1168. Cristóvam Dias. Casa de habitação. Matosinhos, Portugal

















Dear Manuel,


"Style does not count; what does count is the relationship
between the building and life. Architecture will become
effective in terms of this compromise only when, in a
radical step forward, it is able to position itself outside the
common denominator of worthless and gratuitous gestures
or the dominant nexus of the culture industry that conditions
them" (Fernando Távora)

Warm regards,
R

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

1167. The Mikkeli Concert and Congress Hall

















Querido Jean,

Este bello edificio de lineas aaltianas fue diseñado
y construido por Arto Sipinen en 1989. Este arquitecto
colaboró en su juventud con Alvar Aalto y Viljo Revell.
Posteriormente ya como arquitecto en solitario ganó
numerosos concursos y construyó edificios como el
ayuntamiento de Imatra, la biblioteca central de Lahti
o el centro cultural y de congresos de Kuusamo.

Saludos,
R

Monday, April 13, 2015

1166. Armée du Salut. Le Louise-Catherine. Asile flottant.

















Dear Louise,

Old barge Liège was renovated by Le Corbusier in
1929 to create a floating asylum for the Army of
Salvation to provide shelter for homeless people
particularly during the winter months.
The refurbished barge was renamed Louise-Catherine
after the german painter Louise-Catherine Breslau.
Le Corbusier itself explained the project:
"The barge was 80 meters long. We built, from the
bottom to the top a vast space divided into three
compartments. We added 160 beds, a dining room,
kitchens, toilets, sinks, showers, private apartments,
and a hanging garden on the roof of the barge"

Best,
R

Friday, April 10, 2015

1165. Casa Baletti. Lesa (Lago Maggiore)














Querida Blanca,

"La verdad no se alcanza sólo con la razón"
(Ignazio Gardella)

Saludos cordiales,
R

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

1164. St. Joseph Hospital, Tacoma, WA
















Dear James,

"I hope that what my architecture has done is allowed
enough freedom, enough creative potential from the
people who are using my buildings to develop their
own architecture, to develop their own activity,
their own patterns of living, their own exploration
of how to use space for living." (Bertrand Goldberg)

I believe that this is the way all architects should think
about their buildings.

Best regards,
R

Monday, April 6, 2015

1163. Tbilisi. Palace of Solemn Ceremonies.





















Dear Bill,

As Claude Nicolas Ledoux created a plan for
his famous "Oikema" back in 1779, here Viktor
Djorbenadze devised and built a scultorical
"hermaphrodite space" in 1984.

Regards,
R

Friday, April 3, 2015

1162. Stockholm, Sjohistoriska Museet















Dear Henrik,

Although not as popular as Stockholm City Hall,
the Stockholm Maritime Museum, was also designed
by Ragnar Östberg. A graceful cupola-crowned rotunda
can be seen at the center of this structure that was one of
the last monumental classical building built in Sweden.

Best wishes,
R

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

1161. Montferri





















Querida Cristina,

"No podemos amar nada si no lo concebimos
con la palabra del corazón (verbum cordis)"
(Santo Tomás de Aquino)

Besos,
R