Wednesday, April 26, 2017

1485. Moscow. Club Soueff, Lesnaia Street

Dear Irina,

This eye-catching view of the Zuev's workers club was taken
in the 1930s, soon after his inauguration.
Architect Golosov embraced expressionism and dynamism
in his works and in this building he was so successful that
it became almost immediately an icon of Soviet Constructivist


Monday, April 24, 2017

1484. Dessau. Gropius-Siedlung. Bauhaus-Dessau-Törten

Dear Jan,

"Limitations makes the creative mind inventive"
(Walter Gropius)

Warm regards,

Friday, April 21, 2017

1483. Riga. Centralais Kolhozu tirgus

Dear Martin,

The largest market complex in Europe with more than
16,000 square meters is located in Riga, Latvia. Cosntruction
began in 1924 and ended in 1930. Since 1998 it is part
of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

1482. Plaza Tamayo, La Paz, Bolivia

Querido Juan,

Te mando una postal de la Plaza Tamayo en La Paz. El edificio
alto es conocido como Monoblock y pertenece a la universidad.
Se inauguró en  1947 y fue el primer "rascacielos" de la ciudad
con sus 13 plantas. Es obra del famoso arquitecto boliviano
Emilio Villanueva y aunque obra moderna tiene elementos
estilísticos propios del art deco y del estilo local Tiwanaku.

Un abrazo,

Monday, April 17, 2017

1481. Halsingborg. St.Jorgens Plats med St.Jorgenfontanen

Dear Glenn,

Visiting beautiful Helsingborg in southern Sweden. This
is a view of a functionalist apartment building that although
it seems to be new was built in 1936.

All the best,

Friday, April 14, 2017

1480. National Farmers Bank, Owatonna, Minn.

Dear Russell,

"Every building is like a person: single and unrepeatable"
(Louis H. Sullivan)


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

1479. Sevilla Exposición Ibero Americana Pabellón de Chile.

Querido Manolo,

"El conjunto encuadrado en los jardines interpretará el
espiritu chileno, sin recurrir para ello a motivos coloniales,
sino a agrupaciones de volúmenes y trozos de escultura y
pintura capaces de sugerir el ambiente de un pueblo y de
hacernos adivinar su cultura" (Juan Martíinez Gutiérrez)

Un fuerte abrazo,

Monday, April 10, 2017

1478. Shukkhov tower, Russia

Dear Ken,

"A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its
elements are no longer their justification in nature"
(Guillaume Apollinaire)


Friday, April 7, 2017

1477. Teatro Regio Torino, Italy

Dear Teresa,

"Myth is nothing new as a means to better understand the
moral of reality" (Carlo Mollino)


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

1476. La Pobla de Lillet. Chalet-refugio Catllaràs

Querida Cristina,

Encontré ésta interesante postal del chalet refugio que 
Gaudí construyó en la Pobla de Lillet en 1905 para su 
conocido mecenas el empresario Güell.


Monday, April 3, 2017

1475. Helsinki. Lentoasema. The aerodrome

Dear Helene

Today I arrived to Malmi airport in Helsinki, the oldest airport
in Finland still in use. This wonderful building was opened in
1938 and its plan although in a undeniable functionalist style
resembles also to a gigantic machine rotor.


Friday, March 31, 2017

1474. Aeropuerto Olaya Herrera, Medellin, Colombia

Querida Luisa,

"Se trataba de crear un lugar para estar; para que el grupo
familiar permaneciera de manera grata en el rito de despedida
o bienvenida" (Mauricio Gaviría Restrepo- Arquitectura
Moderna en Medellín 1947-1970)


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

1473. Balneario La Floresta. Hotel Casino. Uruguay

Querida Sara,

" La mucha luz es como la mucha sombra: no deja ver"
(Octavio Paz)


Monday, March 27, 2017

1472. La Manga. Costa Cálida

Estimada Victoria,

"Los elementos arquitectónicos que formarán la nueva
ciudad estarán formados por una serie, poco numerosa,
de estructuras sistematizadas" (Antonio Bonet Castellana)

En primer término el club náutico Dos Mares, proyectado
por Antonio Bonet y acabado en 1966.

Sigo admirando la primorosa obra de su padre.


Friday, March 24, 2017

1471. Copenhagen. Vesterbro Passage at night

Dear Finn,

"There is always a point when one senses one's lack
of skill, the doubt" (Arne Jacobsen)


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

1470. Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton IN

Dear Elizabeth,

"-I'd like to know what Otto Wagner can do for you that
your father can't do!-. This was the way he invited me to
work with him" (My Father - John Lloyd Wright)


Monday, March 20, 2017

1469. Railway Station, Johannesburg, South Africa

Querido Alex,

No mires nunca atrás,
vete despacio
y reza como yo
a San Cayetano,
que ni tú ni yo estamos
en disposición
de encontrarnos.

(Encuentro- Federico García Lorca)


Friday, March 17, 2017

1468. Stadtteilbibliothek Münster

Dear Jan,

"In my opinion what is necessary is a wider cultural re-validation,
a new mythology of the physical, the material" (Peter Wilson)


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

1467. Venosta. Albergo Val Martello

Dear Romina,

"The architect must imagine for each window a person at
the sill, for each door a person passing through" (Gio Ponti)

Best regards,

Monday, March 13, 2017

1466. La Maison du Peuple de Bruxelles

Dear David,

"What I prefer in the flower is the stem" (Victor Horta)

Warmest regards,

Friday, March 10, 2017

1465. Chain Houses (Ketjutalo), Tapiola, Finland

Estimado Timo,

Para Aulis Blomstedt estructura y proporción son los
elementos que subyacen en toda obra de arquitectura.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

1464. Price Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Dear Greg,

"Today is that tomorrow you thought about yesterday"
(American proverb)


Monday, March 6, 2017

1463. Motel Xenia, Paliouri, Chalkidikis, Greece

Dear Aris,

"Wine and truth" (ancient Greek saying)

Much respect,

Friday, March 3, 2017

1462. Aalto Musiktheater Essen

Dear Elissa,

"We should work for simple, good, undecorated things"
(Alvar Aalto)


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

1461. A Coruña. Domus, Casa del Hombre

Querido Manuel,

"Los materiales son a la arquitectura lo que las palabras a
la literatura" (César Portela)


Monday, February 27, 2017

1460. Communal House, Ekaterinburg, Russia

Dear Fidel,

This building followed a similar scheme as in the very experimental
housing project that was Narkomfin in Moscow, also designed
by Ginzburg simultaneously with this one in Ekaterinburg.
This building however seems to have a more secure future than
its counterpart in Moscow.


Friday, February 24, 2017

1459. Fiumicino. Aeroporto Intercontinentale di Roma

Dear Gio,

"If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together" (African Proverb)


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

1458. Bellavista Tegnet af Arne Jacobsen.

Querido Félix,

"Cuando has estado viajando por el extranjero nada es más
entrañable que regresar a casa" (Arne Jacobsen)

Saludos cordiales,

Monday, February 20, 2017

1457. Turku Uutta Arkkitehtuuria. KOP Bank building, Turku

Dear Albert,

"The echo knows all languages" (Finnish proverb)


Friday, February 17, 2017

1456. Oslo

Dear Peter,

A postcard featuring the Norwegian National Opera and
Ballet designed by Tarald Lundevall of Snøhetta,
"In many ways life is synonymous with place"
(Craig Dykers, founder of Snøhetta)


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

1455. Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Inc. Design for the Whitehall Ferry Terminal NYC

Dear Andrea,

"Visitors love to access New York from that ferry; just think
of what they would have seen. From State Island the terminal
facade would have resembled a small, bright postage stamp,
and would have frown in size and detail as you approached"
(Denise Scott Brown)

Best wishes,

Monday, February 13, 2017

1454. Rotterdam

Dear John,

"I am shaped by the crisis of the thirties and the constant fear
of bankruptcy. Frugality, hard work, and business were important
to me and have been shaped me as an architect."(Win Quist)


PS. The office building featuring this postcard is the
Willemswerf, designed by Quist and completed in 1988.

Friday, February 10, 2017

1453. Nord LB Building. Hannover, Germany

Dear Peter,

"The geometric discipline became oppresive..."
(Günter Behnisch)


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

1452. Langwieser Viadukt. Eisenbahnbrücke, Chur-Arosa.

Dear Peter,

When built the Langwieser viaduct was the largest railway
bridge in the world. It is still one of the most famous bridges
in Switzerland and a structure of cultural relevance for this


Monday, February 6, 2017

1451. Torino. Mostra delle Regioni: Veneto, 1961

Dear Marco,

The Pavilion of Venice at the Turin 1961 Mostra delle Regioni
had as its theme "The Sense of Color and the Rule
of Water" and you can see in the picture that color and water
were indeed the main forces in it.


Friday, February 3, 2017

1450. Sugar Bowl Lodge

Dear Gordon,

"Architecture is not a goal. It is the picture frame, not the picture"
(William Wilson Wurster)


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

1449. University College Library, Ibadan

Dear Scott,

"We were fated to make a new architecture out of our love for
the place and our obedience to nature, and to make it with
cement and steel, asbestos sheets. wood above the termite line,
glass, paint and some stone later, and not much else".
(Maxwell Fry)