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10 Projects by Alvar Aalto Which Highlight the Breadth of His Built Work

10 Projects by Alvar Aalto Which Highlight the Breadth of His Built Work

Alvar Aalto was born in Alajärvi in central Finland and raised in Jyväskylä. Following the completion of his architectural studies at the Helsinki University of Technology he founded his own practice in 1923, based in Jyväskylä, and naming it Alvar Aalto, Architect and Monumental Artist. Although many of his early projects are characteristic examples of 'Nordic Classicism' the output of his practice would, following his marriage to fellow Architect Aino Marsio-Aalto (née Marsio), take on a Modernist aesthetic. From civic buildings to culture houses, university centers to churches, and one-off villas to student dormitories, the ten projects compiled here—spanning 1935 to 1978—celebrate the breadth of Aalto's œuvre.

1. Jyväskylä University Building (1951)

Jyväskylä University Building. Image © Nico Saieh
Jyväskylä University Building. Image © Nico Saieh

2. House of Culture (1955)

House of Culture. Image © James Taylor-Foster
House of Culture. Image © James Taylor-Foster

3. Säynätsalo Town Hall (1949)

Säynätsalo Town Hall. Image © Fernanda Castro
Säynätsalo Town Hall. Image © Fernanda Castro

4. Stephanuskirche (1968)

Stephanuskirche. Image © Samuel Ludwig
Stephanuskirche. Image © Samuel Ludwig

5. Viipuri Library (1935)

Viipuri Library. Image © Denis Esakov
Viipuri Library. Image © Denis Esakov

The library was awarded the 2014 Modernism Prize for its recent renovation.

6. Heilig Geist Kirche (1962)

Heilig Geist Kirche. Image © Samuel Ludwig
Heilig Geist Kirche. Image © Samuel Ludwig

7. Muuratsalo Experimental House (1953)

Muuratsalo Experimental House. Image © Nico Saieh
Muuratsalo Experimental House. Image © Nico Saieh

8. Maison Louis Carré (1959)

Maison Louis Carré. Image © Samuel Ludwig
Maison Louis Carré. Image © Samuel Ludwig

9. Riola Parish Church (1978)

Riola Parish Church. Image © Franco Di Capua
Riola Parish Church. Image © Franco Di Capua

10. MIT Baker House Dormitory (1948)

MIT Baker House Dormitory. Image via Wikimedia (dDxc)
MIT Baker House Dormitory. Image via Wikimedia (dDxc)

Finally: The Aalto Studio (1955)

"Alvar Aalto designed the building at Tiilimäki 20 in Munkkiniemi, Finland, as his own office in 1955. The building is only a short walk from Aalto's own house, where the office had previously been located. He ran the office until his death in 1976. After that, the office continued under the leadership of Elissa Aalto until 1994. The building came into the custodianship of the Alvar Aalto Foundation in 1984 and today houses the Alvar Aalto Foundation, the Alvar Aalto Academy and the Alvar Aalto Museum Architectural Heritage." (via Aalto Foundation)

You can investigate the studio rooms on Google StreetView:

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Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "10 Projects by Alvar Aalto Which Highlight the Breadth of His Built Work" 03 Apr 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/784684/ten-projects-by-alvar-aalto-which-highlight-the-breadth-of-his-built-work/> ISSN 0719-8884
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Muuratsalo Experimental House. Image © Nico Saieh

Alvar Aalto阿尔瓦阿尔托在10个作品中展现出了他宽阔的视野

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