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Alvar Aalto

Overview

A compact overview of one of the world's greatest architects

"Modern architecture does not mean using immature new materials; the main thing is to work with materials towards a more human line." — Alvar Aalto

Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) was strongly influenced by both the landscape of his native country, as well as the political struggle over Finland’s place within European culture. After early neoclassical buildings, Aalto turned...

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Overview

A compact overview of one of the world's greatest architects

"Modern architecture does not mean using immature new materials; the main thing is to work with materials towards a more human line." — Alvar Aalto

Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) was strongly influenced by both the landscape of his native country, as well as the political struggle over Finland’s place within European culture. After early neoclassical buildings, Aalto turned to ideas based on Functionalism, subsequently moving toward more organic structures, with brick and wood replacing plaster and steel. In addition to designing buildings, furniture, lamps, and glass objects with his wife Aino, he painted and was an avid traveler. A firm believer that buildings have a crucial role in shaping society, Aalto once said, "The duty of the architect is to give life a more sensitive structure."

About the Series:

Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Architecture Series features:

  • an introduction to the life and work of the architect
  • the major works in chronological order
  • information about the clients, architectural preconditions as well as construction problems and resolutions
  • a list of all the selected works and a map indicating the locations of the best and most famous buildings
  • approximately 120 illustrations (photographs, sketches, drafts and plans)


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783836512947
  • Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: 25 Series
  • Edition description: 25th Anniversary ed.
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 943,232
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Gössel runs an agency for museum and exhibition design. For TASCHEN he published monographs on Julius Shulman, R.M. Schindler, John Lautner and Richard Neutra as well as several titles in the Basic Architecture Series.

Finnish-born Louna Lahti worked for the Alvar Aalto Society for many years, first as exhibition secretary and later as treasurer, before establishing her own firm in 1984. She has lectured and published extensively on visual arts and architecture.

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