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The Aalto House

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Alvar Aalto
 
location Helsinki
function museum, private house
contributed by filipeb

In 1934, Aino and Alvar acquired a site in almost completely untouched surroundings at Riihitie in Munkkiniemi. The house was designed as both a family home and an office. The slender mass of the office wing is in white-painted, lightly rendered brickwork. The cladding material of the residential part is slender, dark-stained timber battens. It has a flat roof and a large south-facing terrace. Although the street elevation is severe and closed-off, it's softened by climbing plants and a slate path. There are already signs of the 'new' Aalto, the Romantic Functionalist. The plentiful use of wood as a finishing material and 4 open hearts built in brick also point to this. It anticipates the 2-year younger Villa Mairea, a luxury residence where Aalto's creativity was able to come into full bloom. But in contrast to its larger sister, the Aalto House is a cosy, intimate building for living and working, designed by two architects for themselves, using simple uncluttered materials.

 

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The Aalto House
Address
Riihitie 20
Finland
http://www.alvaraalto.fi/
Project is public!
Opening hours The Aalto House is open in December and January only by agreement. Winter time (October 1 - November 30 and February 1 - April 31). Tuesday to Sunday, guided tours at 14.00, 15.00, 16.00 and 17.00. Summer time (May 1 - July 31 and September 1-31). Tuesday to Sunday, guided tours at 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00 and 17.00. In August 2008 open from Monday to Sunday 12-18. Max. 20 people at one time.. enquiries and reservations: tel +358 (0)9 481 350
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Completion 8- 1936
ArchitectAlvar Aalto
 
Project ID 2690
Latitude/Longitude 60°11'49N 24°52'35E
Contributed by filipeb
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