- By Peter Gossel Louna Lahti

Alvar Aalto, 1898-1976: Paradise for the Man in the Street

  • Title: Alvar Aalto, 1898-1976: Paradise for the Man in the Street
  • Author: Peter Gossel Louna Lahti
  • ISBN: 9783822835272
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alvar Aalto Paradise for the Man in the Street Finnish architect Alvar Aalto was not only influenced by the landscape of his native country but by the political struggle over Finland s place within European culture Aalto turned to ideas

    Finnish architect Alvar Aalto 18981976 was not only influenced by the landscape of his native country, but by the political struggle over Finland s place within European culture Aalto turned to ideas based on Functionalism, subsequently moving toward organic structures, with brick and wood replacing plaster and steel He also designed buildings, furniture, lamps, aFinnish architect Alvar Aalto 18981976 was not only influenced by the landscape of his native country, but by the political struggle over Finland s place within European culture Aalto turned to ideas based on Functionalism, subsequently moving toward organic structures, with brick and wood replacing plaster and steel He also designed buildings, furniture, lamps, and glass objects Contains approximately 120 images, including photographs, sketches, drawings, and floor plans Introductory essays explore the architect s life and work, touching on family and background as well as collaborations with other architects The body presents the most important works in chronological order, with descriptions of client and or architect wishes, construction problems and resolutions The appendix includes a list of complete or selected works, biography, bibliography and a map indicating the locations of the architect s most famous buildings

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    1. SÄYNÄTSALO TOWN HALLMany ideals and ideas in the architecture of Alvar Aalto are coming from Mediterranean countries. The square, as a democratic space and symbolic meeting has great significance in almost all the centers of towns, planned by Aalto. This attitude has brought a new recognition of monumentality that long was taboo under the command of functionalism.Aalto Summer HouseThe Summer House in Muuratsalo was an important architectural work for Alvar Aalto. His first wife died in 1949. P [...]

    2. I love Aalto's work, but this book was just dry.[return]I give it 3.5 only because it's meant to be an inexpensive introduction to Aalto's work, and it is inexpensivebut the writing is just dry. You really get nothing from the articles about the buildingsbut it is a nice intro to the architect's life and it does showcase a few of his best works in a dry manner[return][return]If you aren't really interested in his work, this is perfect for you.[return]But if you want a decent look into some of hi [...]

    3. There is nothing wrong with Aalto and his beautiful works but the book is very dry and doesn't give much information apart from dates and descriptive annotations. It's good to have on a shelf, to leaf through photos, but that's probably it. Anyway, for Aalto's sake worth having and looking through.

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