Alvar Aalto: the complete catalogue of architecture, design, and art

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Rizzoli, 1994 - Design - 317 pages
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One of the masters of modern architecture, Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was a prolific and influential architect, a gifted painter, and a talented, world-renowned designer. In this comprehensive catalogue all his known works from the early 1920s to his final designs in the 1970s are presented and described. With the full cooperation of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, Goran Schildt has explored its archives, and some 20,000 letters, memoranda and contemporary newspaper cuttings as well as many building models, to ensure that every work is included in this volume. It contains full descriptions, accompanied by abundant illustrations, of all of Aalto's realized and unrealized architectural projects: regional and urban plans, churches, theaters, libraries, museums, office and factory buildings, public housing, and private residences. Aalto's design skill is prominently featured in his furniture, light fixtures, glass, objets d'art, textiles, jewelry, graphic design, and stage sets. The present volume catalogues Aalto's vast oeuvre, including many projects never before seen by the public, and uncovers information about Aalto's competition entries, his clients and colleagues, that is crucial to a complete understanding of Aalto's visionary impact on modern architecture, art, and design.

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Anyone contemplating research on architect Alvar Aalto - or even becoming acquainted with his complete works - should, in my opinion, start with this book. It is a vast pictorial catalogue of his entire works in architecture, design, city planning and even painting. The only aspect of his life's work missing are his texts (found in a different book titled "Alvar Aalto in His Own Words"). Other books will offer interpretations of what are regarded as his key works. But with this book you get everything. The book is divided into sections, according to building typology, hence for instance housing, churches, libraries, factories and so on. And the works within each section are then ordered chronologically. There is a short description on each building and design object. The book also includes a list of all his former employees. I can't recommend this book highly enough! 

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CITY AND DISTRICT CENTRES
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RELIGIOUS BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES
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