Monday, February 29, 2016

1304. Tschumipaviljoen, Groningen
















Dear Tom,

"The general public will almost always stand behind the
traditionalists. In the public eye, architecture is about comfort,
about shelter, about bricks and mortar." (Bernard  Tschumi)

Regards,
R

Friday, February 26, 2016

1303. La Concha Motel, Las Vegas, Nevada















Dear Daemon,

"If I allow the fact that I am a Negro to checkmate my will to do
I will inevitably form the habit of being defeated."
(Raul Revere Williams--Most successful African-American 
architect of the 20th Century)

Cheers,
R

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

1302. Hotel Žiča. Mataruška Banja, Serbia















Dear Roberto,

I enjoyed your movie and the hotel as well. Watching it at the
open-air cinema located on the roof terrace of this functionalist
little gem was an unforgettable experience.

Thank you,
R

Monday, February 22, 2016

1301. Haus de Arbeiterprese, Pressa-Koln















Dear Frank,

This is a handsome view of the functionalist workers press
pavilion in the International Exhibition of the Modern Press,
Advertising, and Publishing that was held in Cologne (Germany)
between May and October of 1928.

Regards,
R

Friday, February 19, 2016

1300. Alg. Ziekenhuis Zonnestraal, Hilversum














Estimado Jan,

"La técnica de la construcción ha de perfeccionarse a sí misma;
ha de ser económica y adaptarse a su orden, es decir a la
realización simultánea de la causa y el efecto". (Jan Duiker)

Saludos,

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

1299. Roma. Palazzo dello Sport. Interno















Dear Mario,

“The conception of a structural system is a creative action only
partly based on scientific data; static sensitivity entering in this
process, although deriving from equilibrium and strength
considerations, remains, in the same way as aesthetic sensitivity,
an essentially personal aptitude" (Pier Luigi Nervi)

Best regards,
R

Monday, February 15, 2016

1298. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015















Querido Pedro,

"No entiendo la arquitectura en sí misma como un foco de
atención. Siempre pienso en ese marco en el que deberíamos
ser capaces de vivir la vida, ya sea leer un libro en una biblioteca,
hacer la comida en una casa o trabajar en la mesa de una oficina".
(David Chipperfield)

Abrazos,
R
PS. En la imagen de la postal que recibí desde Madrid, la Galería
‘Am Kupfergraben 10’ en Berlín.

Friday, February 12, 2016

1297. Playa de San Agustin. Apartamentos Buganvilla.














Querida Cristina,

“La fachada de Buganvilla es una puesta de sol. Lo que más me
gusta es cómo Fábregas se empotró en la montaña. Los preciosos
arcos de piedra de la primera planta hacen de contrafuertes. El
edificio entero son muros de carga, paredes de medio metro de
espesor realizadas con la misma piedra que se sacó al vaciar el
solar”. (José Antonio Sosa, arquitecto y responsable, junto a
Evelyn Alonso, de la rehabilitación del edificio de apartamentos
Buganvilla).

Besos,
R

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

1296. Luzern














Dear Florian,

"Architecture serves to create a poetic situation, to bring forth
the emotion that exists in everyday life" (Jean Nouvel)

Regards,
R

Monday, February 8, 2016

1295. Pistoia. Borsa Merci e Cassa di Risparmio
















Caro Francesco,

"L'archittetura non è e non deve essere il fine, ma un mezzo
di presenza, di colloquio con i propri simili"
(Giovanni Micheluzzi)

R

Friday, February 5, 2016

1294. Ronchamp, Chapelle Notre-Dame du Haut
















Dear David,

As Le Corbusier would said here is "a response to the horizons"

Regards,
R

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

1293. Exposition Nationale Suisse 1939, Zurich

















Dear Martin,

"There is no doubt that light, slender structures will one day be
praised by the layman for being as beautiful or even more
beautiful than massive ones" (Robert Maillart)

Best regards,
R

Monday, February 1, 2016

1292. Merida. Museo Nacional de Arte Romano. Nave Central
















Dear Tanu,

"Throughout the history of architecture, there have been episodes
in which subtle changes in the use of materials result in a a new,
unexpected architectural form. Merida may be an instance of this
procedure" (Rafael Moneo)

Regards,
R