1818. Rotterdam. Flatgebouw Bergpolder














Dear Tom,

This is the first apartment building with shared partially open
corridor built in the Netherlands. It was built with a steel
structure and has 9 floors and 72 apartments.

Sincerely,
R

1817. Academy of the Fine Arts Philadelphia














Dear Robert,

Architect Frank Furness, with his bold and muscular buildings,
was one of the most influential personalities in the professional
career of pioneer architect Louis Sullivan.

Regards,
R

1816. Bathing beach, Klampenborg, Copenhagen














Dear Jan,

"I don't think any building should be excluded from
the term architecture, as long as they are done properly"
(Arne Jacobsen)

Sincerely,
R

1814. New Delhi. Parliament House














Dear John,

This is a vintage postcard featuring an aerial view
of New Delhi including the Rashtrapati Bhavan or President
House (on the left), the Central Secretariat, and the
Parliament House with its characteristic circular shape
resembling the Chausath Yogini Temple, Morena.

Regards,
R

1813. Stoclet House, Brussels





















Dear Lisa,

"First and last, you have a relationship with the people who 
are to use the building" (Jørn Utzon)

Sincerely,
R

1810. Alessandria. Casa Littoria















Querido Albert,

(...)
Era una gran plaza abierta, y había olor de existencia.
Un olor a gran sol descubierto, a viento rizándolo,
un gran viento que sobre las cabezas pasaba su mano,
su gran mano que rozaba las frentes unidas y las reconfortaba.
(...)

(Vicente Aleixandre-En la Plaza)

Abrazos,
R

1809. Lakeuden Risti Seinäjoki















Dear Francisco,

"In such a fearful world, we need a fearless church"
(C.S. Lewis)

Respectful,
R

1808. Siedlung Höhenblick Frankfurt














Dear Paul,

A contemporary postcard featuring siedlung Höhenblick
in Frankfurt - Ginnheim.
"Economic lobbies are the new authorities in urban planning.
...no wonder the architect is dismissive: I do not build as good
as I can, but as bad as I must" (Ernst May)

Regards,
R

1807. Das Wohnheim. WuWa Wohnung und Werkraum. Breslau














Querida Cristina,

Esta pequeña joya es una postal contemporánea de la exposición
WuWa Vivienda y Espacio de trabajo celebrada en Breslavia en
1929. Esta en particular es una vista del Hostal para solteros y
parejas sin niños que Hans Scharoun proyectó para la misma.
Actualmente es el Park Hotel y está en buen estado de
conservación.

Besos,
R

1804. University of Jyväskylä. The Teachers Training School















Dear Sara,

"Education is not the learning of facts but the training 
of the mind to think" (Albert Einstein)

Best,
R

1803. Hotel Karabakh, Baku, Azerbaijan















Dear Khurshidbanu,

The postcard image depicts a rear view of Hotel Karabakh
(former Tourist) that was built in 1974 and demolished in 2004.
An impressive brutalist building that sadly disappeared.

Regards,




1802. Mortgage Bank, Baghdad
















Papá,

Un edificio valiente y comprometido que desgraciadamente
desapareció. Así como tú.
Feliz cumpleaños. Te echo de menos.

R

1801. Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland















Querida Sara,

Este famoso museo en Helsinki fue ideado originalmente
como fruto de dos fuerzas convergentes en su emplazamiento:
la "línea cultural" que lo curva hacia el magnífico Palacio de
Conciertos llamado Finlandia Hall, y la "línea natural" que lo
desvía hacia el paisaje del fondo y la Bahía de Töölö. El
resultado es un edificio espectacular y luminoso.

Paralelismos entre espacio y vida.
R

1800. Vila Tungendhat, Brno















Querido Walter,

"Un buen arquitecto debería de ser capaz de decirle a su
cliente lo que este desea. La mayoría de las veces un
cliente nunca sabe lo que quiere" (Mies van der Rohe)

Un abrazo,
R

1799. Sevilla, Calle Imagen y Torre de San Pedro















Querida Luz,

En esta postal antigua y a la derecha se ve el magnífico
edificio Caja San Fernando, obra de Arévalo y Costa con
su zigzagueante marquesina  de madera y metal que lo
hace tan delicadamente presente en este entorno.

Besos,
R

1798. Casa Ugalde





















Querida Cristina,

"Hay que sentir la casa en el vientre"
(José Antonio Coderch)

Besos,
R

1796. International Trade Fair, Brno















Querido Walter,

En primer término se puede ver el pabellón de la ciudad
de Brno en la exposición ferial de 1928 diseñado en clave
funcionalista por el arquitecto checo Bohuslav Fuchs.

Un abrazo,
R

1795. Keski-Suomen Museum, Jyväskylä














Dear Alexander,

"Even the smallest daily chore can be humanized with
the harmony of culture" (Alvar Aalto)

Regards,
R

1794. Les Orgues de Flandre














Querida Cristina,

Martin van Treeck fue el arquitecto de Les Orgues de Flandre
en Paris. Este arquitecto alemán pero establecido en Francia
nació en 1928 y murió en 1999. Su maestro fue Jean-Ernest
Ginsberg. Trabajó en Israel durante algunos años donde
adquirió el gusto por la arquitectura oriental monumental.

Besos,
R

1792. SOK Vaasa 1942














Dear Helena,

Architect Erkki Huttunen was the chief architect of the
building department of the Central Finnish Cooperative
Society (SOK) in the 1930s and early 1940s. His beautiful
functionalist buildings include nine offices and warehouses
as the ones in the cities of Rama, Joensuu, Oulu, and the
one depicted in this vintage postcard in Vaasa.

Respectfully,
R

1791. Department of Water and Power Building, Los Angeles, California














Dear John,

The DWP headquarters is the only public building in the whole
city that genuinely graces the scene and lifts the spirit (and sits
in firm control of the whole basis of human existence in Los
Angeles)" (Reyner Banham, architectural historian).

Sincerely,
R

1790. Circle Gallery Building, 140 Maiden Lane, San Francisco





















Dear Louis,

"The space within becomes the reality of the building"
"Freedom is from within"
(Frank Lloyd Wright)

Sincerely,
R

1789. Panorama over Stockholms Utställningen 1930















Dear Eva,

"What is a classic? If there is a word that we could focus on,
a word capable of suggesting the highest degree what we want
to mean by the term classic, it is the word maturity..."
(T.S. Eliot)

Best regards,
R

1788. Kotka Port with the Sunila pulp mill in the background














Dear Sirkka,

The Sunila sulphate cellulose factory was created in 1936
and built in the Island of Pyötinen two years later.
Along with the factory, that mainly replicated the plan of the
earlier Enso-Gutzeit Kaukopää factory of 1936 by architect
Väinö Vähäkallio, a large housing area was also planned and built.
For this apartment housing project famous architect Alvar Aalto
was given total free hand to devise the general plan and design
each individual building.

Sincerely,
R

1787. Die Stahlkirche, Pressa Köln 1928


























Dear Jan,

Die Stahlkirche or Steel church was designed by Modernist
German architect Otto Bartning on the occasion of the International
Press Exhibition held in Cologne between May and October 1928.
This church served both as an exhibition pavilion for the
Evangelical Church and as a remarkable architectural statement
standing in opposition to the old Cologne Cathedral.

Cheers,
R