Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto

by Nicholas Ray
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300107498

ISBN-13: 9780300107494

Pub. Date: 10/10/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press


The preeminent Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) developed in the postwar years an architectural language all his own, characterized by curved walls, singlepitched roofs, and inventive combinations of wood and brick. He was also engaged in design at all scales, from the planning of cities, including Helsinki, to the design of furniture and glassware.…  See more details below

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The preeminent Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) developed in the postwar years an architectural language all his own, characterized by curved walls, singlepitched roofs, and inventive combinations of wood and brick. He was also engaged in design at all scales, from the planning of cities, including Helsinki, to the design of furniture and glassware. This book provides a brief but comprehensive look at Aalto’s life, works, theory, and relevance for the twenty-first century.

The first section of the book offers an account of Aalto’s life, including his friendships with such  twentieth-century masters as Gropius, Le Corbusier, and Frank Lloyd Wright. The second section looks closely at six of Aalto’s most important buildings, among them Baker House in Boston and the concert hall in Helsinki. In the final sections of the book, Nicholas Ray examines several general themes relating to Aalto’s work and philosophy. Ray also offers an original and provocative view of Aalto’s theory, arguing that the architect’s position consistently opposed that of his contemporaries and indeed of most architects to this day.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300107494
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/10/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.80(d)

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