Friday, September 28, 2018

1688. Sabaudia. Casa del Balilla
















Dear Florestano,

"Frezzotti's one story Balilla building is perhaps the most
interesting building in Sabaudia, in spite of the later downgrading
of his reputation. It is kept in a sober size, but nevertheless
monumental in style. Its clean geometrical shapes are articulated
in an ochre yellow brick, with travertine details and generous
amount of glass"
(Hanne Storm Ofteland,  Sabaudia 1934, Materializing the Fascist 
Corporate Town, 2002)

Sincerely,
R

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

1687. House 14-15, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart, 1927
















Dear Hans,

"House is a machine for living in"
(Le Corbusier, Toward an Architecture, 1923)

Sincerely,
R

Friday, September 21, 2018

1686. Oesterreichisches Haus, Cöln 1914















Dear Lucius,

"Beauty is the result of centuries of care and ordering."
(Josef Hoffmann)

Regards,
R

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

1685. Bata Store, Reichenberg, Tuchplatz















Querido Walter,

Este elegante edificio de los famosos almacenes de calzado
Bata te resultará familiar de tus tiempos en Liberec.
El arquitecto, Vladimir Karfík, construyó muchos edificios
para esta compañía incluyendo el renombrado Edificio 21 de
16 pisos en la ciudad de Zlín, sede principal de la firma.

Un abrazo,
R

Friday, September 14, 2018

1684. Edificio Siboney, Puerto Chico, Santander















Querido Rafael,

Hermoso edificio expresionista el Siboney con sus fuertes
referencias naúticas como las esquinas redondeadas, las largas
tiras horizontales de ventanas, las ventanas en ojo de buey, los
colores blanco y celeste, como si fuese un gran transatlántico
amarrado en Puerto Chico...

Saludos afectuosos,
R

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

1683. Hotel Panorama, Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia






















Dear Peter,

The impressive Hotel Panorama was built in 1970 to accommodate
visitors to the World Ski Championship. Since 2008 the building
has been remodeled as a mixed-use complex including besides the
hotel, private apartment units, and common areas and facilities.

Regards,
R

Friday, September 7, 2018

1682. Abidjan, Cathedrale Saint Paul.
















Dear Patrizia,

The shape of the windows recall the form of a powerful elephant.
The structure is supported from above. The power from Above.

Sincerely,
R

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

1681. Svenska Dagbladets, Stockholmsutställningen 1930















Dear Gustaf,

The charming Svenska Dagbladet's press office was a small
pavilion that worked as a corner as well as a starting point of
the neighboring long side flank of the Paradise Restaurant,
Asplund's most brilliant building of all he designed for the
Stockholm exhibition of 1930.

Best wishes,
R