1434. Torremolinos. Hotel Pez Espada
















Querido Alfredo,

"Málaga nos mira por el ojo egipcio de sus jábegas."
(Jean Cocteau)

...y gracias por tu interesante novela.

Saludos cordiales,
R


1433. Hotel DU LAC. Tunis
















Dear Louis,

This hotel building is been said to serve as the inpiration for
the sandcrawlers used by the jawas in the movie Star Wars
Episode IV, A New Hope that largely took place in Tunisia.
Nonetheless, the architect of this building, that it is now under
threat of demolition, was inspired by the Italian Pavilion at the
1954 Zagreb Fair.

Love,
R

1432. Edificio Inca. Guayaquil, Ecuador















Querido Antonio,

"Las formas y los colores nos acercan a la realidad"
(Karl Kohn Kagan)

Un abrazo,
R

1430. Potsdam. Schloss Charlottenhof















Dear Jan

"The sole path to modern greatness lies in the study of the ancient"
(Karl Friedrich Schinkel)

Very best,
R

1428. Schiers. Salgina-Brucke
















Dear Corey,

This vintage picture postcard features the famous timber
scaffolding for the bridge. Richard Corey, the engineer who
devised it, miraculously survived a 35 meter fall while
surveying the construction site.

Warm regards,
R

1427. Water reservoir. Cherkasy, Ukraine
















Dear Rem,

"Vladimir Shukhov's technical ideas brought world's recognition
to the Russian school of engineering and stay actual to this day"

Sincerely,
R

1424. Glen Harder House after Julius Shulman





















Dear Glenn,

"The artist must have an unlimited capacity and range for feeling,
an insatiable curiosity and boundless enthusiasm" (Bruce Goff)

Best regards,
R

1422. Edificio Telecom. Barranquilla, Colombia















Querido Rafa,

Bonita foto de los pocos edificios que se construyeron siguiendo
las recomendaciones marcadas en el plan de desarrollo urbano
encargado a Le Corbusier, Paul Lester Wiener y José Luís Sert.
Al fondo el soberbio Edificio Nacional de Leopoldo Rother
(1952) y en primer plano el no menos magnífico edificio de
Comunicaciones (Telecom) terminado en 1965 según los planos
del arquitecto local Manuel de Andreis.

Un abrazo,
R

1421. Vietnam, Dalat Market


Dear Christian,

"It is the city which should be judged though we, its children, 
must pay the price" (Lawrence Durrell, Justine)

Best,
R

1420. Jyväskylä Suomi Yliopisto















Dear José,

The picture shows a view of the foyer of the main building of
the Pedagogical Institute of Jyväskylä. This graceful space leads
visitors to the main auditorium and works as a public realm
thanks to its generous dimensions.

Regards,
R

1419. The roofless church. New Harmony, Indiana














Dear Alvaro,

"I wouldn't build a building if it wasn't of interest to me as a
potential work of art" (Philip Cortelyou Johnson)

Warm regards,
R

1418. Karlshamn Samrealskolan














Dear Colin,

...Words strain,
Crack and sometimes break, under the burden,
Under the tension, slip, slide, perish,
Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place

(T.S. Eliot, Tradition and the Individual Talent)

Regards,
R

1417. Hotelli Pohjanhovi, Rovaniemi





















Dear Erkki,

This is a vintage postcard featuring an interior view of the
original Pohjanhovi Hotel in Rovaniemi.  Bold forms while
coherent detailing were designed by architects Märta and Pauli
Blomsted. Unfortunately this building was destroyed during the
Second World War.

Sincerely,
R

1416. Bellevue Beach, Copenhagen















Querido Félix,

He aquí una postal antigua de la playa Bellavista, en el suburbio
de Klampenborg. Al fondo, algo eclipsado por el falso colorido
y la aparente alegría de los bañistas, se pueden ver los famosos
apartamentos Bellavista aún en construcción como se puede ver
por la presencia de los andamios en el edificio más cercano.
Más allá y a la derecha, se aprecia el restaurante y el teatro.

Afectuosamente,
R

1415. Stuttgart, Schocken














Querido abuelo,

Hace 8 años te mandé a través de éste blog una postal con ésta
misma imagen pero en blanco y negro. La postal de la que te
hablo es la número 3 de ésta colección, ya casi interminable.
Me gustó mucho encontrar ésta otra coloreada y no dudé en
comprala para mandártela como siempre hago que encuentro
una que muestre un edificio de Erich Mendelsohn.

Te quiero y te sigo echando de menos.
R

1414. Tekniska Höskolan i Stockholm, Flygfoto














Dear Ingrid,

The building enclosed within the red circle is the original Students
Union at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
This building, named by students as Nymble, was designed by
Sven Markelius and Uno Åhrén, and is one of the first modernist
buildings ever built in Sweden.

Sincerely,
R

1413. Zaragoza. Edificio de Juzgados

























Querido Iñaki,

"Como en las ciencias exactas, una definición operativa es
más cierta; una definición operativa a través del conjunto de
problemas de la arquitectura y de los de su enseñanza"
(Alejandro de la Sota)

Saludos,
R

PS. Encerrado en el círculo rojo el Edificio de Juzgados de
Zaragoza, obra de Alejandro de la Sota


1412. Heizhaus un Glashaus am Goetheanum
















Dear Maggie,

A view of the Goetheanum building complex's boiler room and a
thought by Rudolph Steiner, his architect:
"You have no idea how unimportant is all that the teacher says or
does not say on the surface, and how important what he himself is
as a teacher"

Cheers.
R

1411. Motel Xenia, Larissa.
















Dear Sam,

"True architecture, like any true art, must be indigenous,
not international" (Aris Konstantinidis)

Best,
R

1410. Brasilia. Palacio da Alvorada.














Querida Emilia,

"En la obra de Oscar Niemeyer esa especie de experimentación,
-la questión del hormigón, de las formas, de la cristalografía, de
esa posibilidad para el hombre de construir sus propias rocas- es
un discurso" (Paulo Mendes da Rocha)

Saludos,
R

1409. Volksschule Darmstadt (unbuilt)
















Dear Martin,

"Humans are intruders and not part of this world. Their way of
being in the world is not to dwell in it, but to seek wellbeing in it"

(José Ortega y Gasset)

Best wishes,
R

1408. Pabellón de la Navegación, Sevilla















Querido Manolo,

"Otro rasgo característico de la obra de Vázquez Consuegra es
su maestría y sensibilidad al contraponer horizontales y verticales,
macizos y huecos, elementos metálicos esbeltísimos y obra vista
recia o estucados austeros" (Peter Buchanan)

Un abrazo,
R

1406. Heerlen. Nieuwbouw schunck














Papá,

(...)
no hay nada en mí sino una larga herida,
una oquedal que ya nadie recorre,
presente sin ventanas, pensamiento
que vuelve, se repite, se refleja
y se pierde en su misma transparencia,
(...)
(Octavio Paz, Piedra de Sol)

HMSDQ
R

1405. Cerkev sv. Mihaela na Barju
















Dear Helena,

"One could claim that Jože Plečnik adopted a kind of postmodern
attitude regarding historicism and modern movement, but he was
much more radical, much more adventurous, and reckless than any
of today's postmodernists." (Frederick Achleitner)

Sincerely,
R

1404. Paris. Immeuble Rue Agar





















Dear David,

"Architecture contains within itself everyone of the other arts,
without exception." (Hector Guimard)

Best regards,
R

1403. Keskuskatu ja Kirjatalo. Helsingfors, Suomi.















Dear Sarah,

Two remarkable structures designed by Alvar Aalto can be seen
adjacent to the brick building drew by Eliel Saarinen in 1930.
To the far left the Rautatao Office or "Iron House" finished in
1955. To the right and occupying the corner, The Academic
Bookshop Building, that also houses the Stockmann department
store, designed between 1962 and 1966 and built in 1969.

Best,
R

1402. Sevilla. Puente del Alamillo





















Querido Juan,

Para venir a poseerlo todo,
no quieras poseer algo en nada:
Para venir a serlo todo,
no quieras ser algo en nada.

(San Juan de la Cruz)

Agradecido,
R

1401. Goteborg- Redbergsvagen & Gubberogatan















Dear Ture,

This small white building in the intersection of two streets houses
the Cinema Flamman ("The Flame") which is a humble and
beautiful example of the much-celebrated Swedish functionalist's
architectural style.

Best,
R

1400. St. Henrik's Ecumenic Art Chapel, Hirvensalo, Finland





















Estimados Arvo y Nora,

...
Y el sueño vivía en el vacío de mi espíritu.
Un habitación de madera,
En penumbras,
...

(Roberto Bolaño, Los Perros Románticos)

R