AD Classics: Villa Mairea / Alvar Aalto

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A collage of materials amongst the trunks of countless birch trees in the Finnish landscape, the built by in 1939 is a significant dwelling that marks a transition from traditional to modern architecture. Built as a guest house and rural retreat for Harry and Maire Gullichsen, Aalto was given permission to experiment with his thoughts and styles, which becomes clear when studying the strangely cohesive residence.

More on Villa Mairea after the break.