Friday, August 31, 2018

1680. Rudolf Mosse Pavilion, Pressa Exhibition, Cologne, 1928

Querido abuelo,

Dijo Frank Gehry que si Erich Mendelsohn hubiera tenido
los ordenadores y la tecnología de hoy en día, él hubiera
tenido que figurarse otra cosa para hacer porque Mendelsohn
la hubiera hecho antes que él.
Llevaba años buscando ésta postal. Por fin la encontré.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

1679. Rapla KEK building, Rapla.

Dear Uno,

This is one of the most recognizable and admired buildings
created by Toomas Rein, the Alvar Aalto from Estonia.


Friday, August 24, 2018

1678. Maison à Gradins, 13 Rue des Amiraux, Paris

Dear David,

"Uncaring, I passed for a happy man! Poor creature,
whom misfortune might have rendered a great genius..."
(Henri Sauvage)

A vintage postcard depicting the set-back working-class
houses project in the Rue des Amiraux under construction.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

1677. Hotel Xenia, Iraklion, Crete, Greece

Dear Dimitris,

"And here I am, where I have been looking for ways to have
standardization for the construction, and also for the functional
configuration, thus each architectural work not to be a
unintended incident, but to be a work of thought, something
that aims for being complete and perfect"
(Aris Konstantinidis)


PS. This building was totally demolished and therefore is not
standing any longer.

Friday, August 17, 2018

1676. The Teachers Training School. University of Jyväskylä.

Dear Tapio,

“Central Finland frequently reminds one of Tuscany, the homeland
of towns built on hills, which should provide an indication of how
classically beautiful our province could be if built up properly.”
(Alvar Aalto 1925)


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

1675. Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Smithsonian Institution

Dear Henry,

"a fortress of a building that works as a museum"
(The New York Times)


Thursday, August 9, 2018

1674. Wiipuri asema

Dear Enzo,

The Vyborg Railway Station was inaugurated in 1913 and almost
destroyed during the Continuation War in August 1941. Only ten
percent of the building remains standing since then. This station
was very similar to Helsinki railway station that was built six years


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

1673. Villa Nuuttila, Island of Kuusisto, Kaarina, Finland

Dear Marco,

Located in a  site with scenic view Villa Nuuttila rises on a slope
like an Italian mountain lodge. This charming villa awoke attention
already during construction. This is one of many small buildings
Bryggman designed that shows the tremendous talent and ability
this architect had to create both humane and nature-friendly


Thursday, August 2, 2018

1672. Hilversum. School Schuttersweg


A delicate, modern (but not too much) school by W.M. Dudok.
Notice its "Wrightian" arched entrance with red and blue glazed

Best regards,