Friday, April 29, 2016

1330. Aarhus. Aerial view
















Estimado Félix,

"El ayuntamiento fue diseñado hasta el último detalle;
incluso los pomos de las puertas y las cerraduras fueron
diseñadas y adjudicadas su fabricación. Así se hacían las
cosas en aquellos tiempos, cuando no existía tanta variedad
de elementos aceptables en el mercado" (Erik Møller)

Saludos afectuosos,
R

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

1329. Villa Savoye

















Dear Tim,

"Standing in a field, you cannot see very far. What is more,
the soil is unhealthy, damp, etc. To live in it, consequently,
the real garden of the house will not be a ground level, but
above it, 3.5 meters up: this will be the hanging garden
whose surface is dry and healthy, and from it you will get
a good view of the landscape, much better than if you had
stayed below" (Le Corbusier)

Kind regards,
R

Monday, April 25, 2016

1328. Holyrood Building, Aug 2003. Queensberry House











Estimado Luis,

"Fue algo increible cuando me enteré de que había ganado el
concurso. Había puesto una botella de champán durante una
semana en la nevera, esperando y rezando que yo fuera el
ganador" (E. Miralles)

R

Friday, April 22, 2016

1327. Madrid. Retiro















Querida Pilar,

La polémica Torre de Valencia es un edificio que mira el
horizonte del Parque del Retiro. Sverre Fehn dijo alguna vez
que la arquitectura es aquello que hace visible el horizonte.

Besos,
R

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

1326. Guangzhou Opera House














Dear Frank,

"As an architect, your client is no longer a single person or type
of person - your client is everyone." (Zaha Hadid, 1950-2016)

Best wishes,
R

Monday, April 18, 2016

1325. Park Inn, Mason City, Iowa














Querido Eugenio,

"Cuida un hotel vacío, que está en la loma, frente al parque (...)
Fuí un par de veces a visitarlo, hay cuartos y cuartos
desocupados a lo largo de un pasillo. El duerme en distintas
camas, así, según dice, mantiene las piezas aireadas"
(Ricardo Piglia, "Los Diarios de Emilio Renzi. Los Años
de Formación)

Un abrazo sincero,
R

Friday, April 15, 2016

1324. Belo Horizonte. Conjunto Kubitschek
















Dear Oscar,

"The unexpected, irregularity, surprise, or astonishment are
essential parts and characteristics of beauty"
(Charles Baudelaire)

Best,
R

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

1323. Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal
















Dear Frank,

"Complexity and order create in the materials, the volumes,
and spaces a luminous vibration and permanent availability.
This is why architecture does not regulate behaviour in a
significant way; but is in no way a neutral framework"
(Alvaro Siza)

Best wishes,
R

Monday, April 11, 2016

1322. L'Institut international de l'innovation et de la prospective. Poitiers
















Dear Antoine,

The Baha'i House of Worship was built by Fariborz Sahba
in New Delhi (India) in 1986, and the Innovation and Foresight
International Institute by Denis Laming in Poitiers (France), a
year later in 1987. Both buildings were clearly inspired by the
form of a lotus flower. The first one closed and the latest opened.

Regards,
R

Friday, April 8, 2016

1321. Café de Unie, Rotterdam





















Dear Hannes,

"De Unie is the first genuine example of a uniform attempt to
perfect architecture and advertising" (Walter Dexel, 1928)

Regards,
R

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

1320. Madrid. Torre Picasso






















Dear Inés,,

"I feel that architects must think of architecture as a result of
human experience. If we don't do this, architecture becomes
either an abstract form, an example of certain technique, a
clever device, a sculpture, or whatever it may be, which in any
case are only expressing the architect's individual desire while
thinking as an artist." (Minoru Yamasaki)

Best,
R

Monday, April 4, 2016

1319. Kursaal, San Sebastian - Donostia
















Dear Paloma,

"In discussing the architecture of the Kursaal, it is essential
to mention the debt to the sculpture of Jorge Oteiza. Oteiza
helps us understand how primary solids are activated in the
hands of the sculptor, who imbues them with a desire for
motion." (Rafael Moneo)

Regards,
R

Friday, April 1, 2016

1318. Breakfast at Sardis's-Hollywood Blvd. near Vine












Dear Richard,

"Sight is not the sense that allows us perceive architecture
but living" (Rudolph Schindler)

Best,
R