Alvar Aalto

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Birkhäuser, 1999 - Architecture - 255 pages
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From neo-classicist and rationalist origins, Alvar Aalto developed a distinctive personal style, simultaneously expressive and functional, and clearly focussed on human needs and requirements. This portrait of Finland's most famous architect provides a compact survey and ideal introduction to Aalto's fascinating life and work, complete with plans, drawings and photographs.

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About the author (1999)

Born in 1898 in Kuortane, Finland, Alvar Aalto opened The Alvar Aalto Office for Archetecture and Monumental Art in 1923. In 1932, his Turun Sanomat Building was included in The Museum of Modern Art, New York's first architecture show; 1938 saw the museum honor him with a solo exhibition. Throughout his life he won countless awards and competitions, and designed dozens of signature, highly admired structures. Aalto died in 1976 in Helsinki.

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