Tuesday, February 26, 2019

1731.City Hall Loop, Rapid Transit Tunnel, New York, NY

Dear George,

"The architects of America owe him [Rafael Guastavino Moreno]
a debt of gratitude for not only having been a faithful and
conscientious contractor, but for having made possible a larger
field of architectural design." (Peter B. Wight)


Friday, February 22, 2019

1730. Berlin Reinickendorf Aroser Allee

Dear Peter,

(...) Si nosotros encontráramos también una pura,
contenida, estrecha, humana franja de huerto, nuestra,
entre el río y la roca (...)
(Rainer Maria Rilke "Las Elegías de Duíno" 1922)


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

1729. Järvenpää, Suomi Finland

Dear Joonas,

The interior of this church in Järvenpää is full of dramatic and
beautiful effects shaped by natural light. Just because of that this
church is considered to be a remarkable example of Finish
architectural modernism.


Friday, February 15, 2019

1728. University of Jyväskylä. The Teachers Training School and the Main Building in the background

Dear Ilkka,

When designing the plans for the Jyväskylä Institute of Pedagogics
in 1951 Aalto envisioned this place to become the "Athens of the
North" as he was inspired by the Greek Acropolis layout.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

1727. Santander, Puerto, muelle de Calderón


Este es uno de los edificio-barcos que vimos en nuestros paseos
por la maravillosa ciudad de Santander. El otro fue el cercano
Edificio Siboney, también con muchas referencias náuticas aunque
no tan evidentes como las de este Club Náutico.


Friday, February 8, 2019

1726. FIAT Turín - The spiral roadway which leads to the roof track

Dear Marco,

"The spiral is a spiritualized circle. In the spiral form, the circle,
uncoiled, has ceased to be vicious;  it has been set free"
(Vladimir Nabokov)

Best regards,

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

1725. Brasilia, Torre Televisão

Dear Norman,

"If you go to see Brasilia, the important thing is this: you may or
may not like the buildings, but you could never say you had seen
something similar before" (Oscar Niemeyer)

P.S. Oscar Niemeyer was the architect of most of buildings of
new capital city Brasilia and Lucio Costa the urban planner. The
Television Tower is though a project of architecture signed by
Lucio Costa.


Friday, February 1, 2019

1724. Longaberger basket building

Dear Louise,

"Symbol dominates space. Architecture is not enough. Because the
spatial relationships are made by symbols more than by forms,
architecture in this landscape becomes symbol in space rather than
form in space." (Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Steven
Izenour, Learning from Las Vegas: The Forgotten Symbolism of 
Architectural Form)