Friday, December 30, 2016

1435. Academy of Science Building, Canberra, Australia















Querida Luisa,

"Tiende la belleza a la esfericidad"
(María Zambrano- Claros del bosque)

Besos,
R

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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


Monday, December 26, 2016

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

Friday, December 23, 2016

1432. Edificio Inca. Guayaquil, Ecuador















Querido Antonio,

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

Un abrazo,
R

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

1431. Africa Hall. Addis Ababa















Dear Gio,

"The truth is awaiting rediscovery" (Arturo Mezzedimi)

Ciao,
R

Monday, December 19, 2016

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

Friday, December 16, 2016

1429. Baia Mare. Palatul politico-administrativ
















Dear Maria,

"Light does not come from light, but from darkness"
(Mircea Eliade)

Best,
R

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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

Monday, December 12, 2016

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

Friday, December 9, 2016

1426. Mallorca. Illetas. Vista general
















Querida Pilar,

"El camino es siempre mejor que la posada"
(Miguel de Cervantes)

Besos,
R

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

1425. Dulles International Airport. Everything Hinges on Hager Here.














Dear Sam,

"The Agora should be no larger than the audible space of
a shout" (Aristotle)

Best,
R

Monday, December 5, 2016

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

Friday, December 2, 2016

1423. Torino - Palazzo Uffici Lancia















Dear Vincenzo,

"Man cannot plan the world without designing himself"
(Rudolph Schwarz)

Regards,
R

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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

Monday, November 28, 2016

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

Friday, November 25, 2016

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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

Monday, November 21, 2016

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

Friday, November 18, 2016

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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

Monday, November 14, 2016

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

Friday, November 11, 2016

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

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

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


Monday, November 7, 2016

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

Friday, November 4, 2016

1411. Motel Xenia, Larissa.
















Dear Sam,

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

Best,
R

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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

Monday, October 31, 2016

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

Friday, October 28, 2016

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

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

1407. IBM Thomas J. Watson research Center















Dear Juan,

...the scientist's venture into the unknown.

L
R

Monday, October 24, 2016

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

Friday, October 21, 2016

1405. Cerkev sv. Mihaela na Barju
















Dear Helena,

"One could claim that Plecnik 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

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

1404. Paris. Immeuble Rue Agar





















Dear David,

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

Best regards,
R

Monday, October 17, 2016

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

Friday, October 14, 2016

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

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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

Monday, October 10, 2016

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