Alvar Aalto Houses

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Independent Publishing Group, 2005 - Architecture - 159 pages
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During the course of a career spanning over 50 years, Alvar Aalto designed nearly 100 single-family houses. Many of them are architectural gems, where his thoughts about dwelling and architecture come together. Aalto considered experimental building to be very important: in his opinion, there should always be an opportunity for experimentation in every project, for it is only in that way that architecture can be promoted and quality improved for the good of the 'little man'. It was specifically in the designing of single-family houses that Aalto could realize new ideas. Aalto's single-family houses can be divided into three groups: houses for individuals, the client of which was nearly always a relative or friend; houses designed for industrial institutions or other communities; and type- or standard houses. All the houses presented in Alvar Aalto Houses were originally designed for private clients. The book presents eight single-family houses by Aalto from 1920s to the end of the 1960s, built in Finland, Estonia and France. Book jacket.

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Contents

Foreword
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Alvar Aaltos singlefamily houses
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The Aalto House
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About the author (2005)

Markku Lahti, director of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, tells in a fascinating way about the history of the selected houses, whom they were built for, and how Aalto adapted his own design ideals to the needs of his clients

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