1697. Balfron Tower

Dear Amy,

"The whole object of building high is to free the ground for children and grown-ups to enjoy Mother Earth and not to cover every inch with bricks and mortar." 
(Ernö Goldfinger)


1696. Centro Botin Centre, Santander


Sáenz de Oíza citando a García Lorca decía que el 
esfuerzo, la técnica y el oficio son las tres premisas 
que requieren el oficio de arquitecto (o de cualquier 
artista). Al visitar este edificio el verano pasado noté 
que los tres estaban presentes.


1695. Aalto Theater, Essen

Querida Sybi,

"Sin el encanto, lo demás es inútil"
(Jorge Luis Borges, Una, La Divina Comedia; Siete Noches)


1694. Fondation Louis Vuitton

Dear Frédéric,

"I see my building as if it were moving through the 
forest, tracing an alley, a fluid liquid element, an entity 
whose unity and direction from whatever side, always 
seems different, not easy to determine whose nature and 
ephemeral quality blend with the clouds, variation of the 
sky and rain being factors constantly changing the 
perception of the building"
(Frank Gehry, talking about Fondation Louis Vuitton)

With gratitude,

1693. Atrio del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

Mamá, Louis,

"...el mundo entero es un Bilbao más grande"
(Miguel de Unamuno, Rimas de dentro)

Besos muchos muchos,

1692. J.K.K. Kirjasto

Querido Roberto,
"...,pero biblioteca es pan o pirámide o cualquier otra cosa..."
(Jorge Luis Borges, La Biblioteca de Babel)

Con admiración,

1691. Tallinn, Hotel Olümpia

Dear Indira,

One of Tallinn's most noticeable building, this 26-story
hotel building was built for the 1980 Summer Olympics
sailing competitions occasion. It was renovated in 1997
and most recently in 2017 and renamed Radisson Blu
Hotel Olümpia.


1690. Fagus Werk

Dear Karl,

"The role of the walls becomes restricted to that of mere screens stretched between the upright columns of the framework to keep out rain, cold and noise." 
(Walter Gropius)


1689. Centro Botín, Santander

Dear Luis,

“I feel truly honored to have taken on this project for the city of Santander because it is yet another example in my repertoire of open, tolerant, and accessible cultural spaces, joining the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Auditorium in Rome, Foundation Beyeler in Basel, the Morgan Library in New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago; all urban spaces loved by the people”
(Renzo Piano)