Alvar Aalto

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Alvar Aalto
Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto
BirthplaceKuortane, Finland

Aalto, Alvar

(ŏl`vär äl`tō), 1898–1976, Finnish architect and furniture designer. Aalto is considered one of the foremost architects of the 20th cent. Most of his designs were made in collaboration with his first wife, Aino Maria Marsio, 1894–1949, the celebrated furniture designer and architect. Aalto's work adapted Finnish building traditions to modern European techniques and to the specific function of the structure in boldly expressive style. His designs for the municipal library at Viipuri (1927–35; now in Vyborg, Russia) and the tuberculosis sanitarium at Paimio (1929–33) were outstanding functionalist works. He gained international fame for his remarkable designs for sleek molded and laminated birch wood furniture and for his plans for the Finnish pavilions at the expositions in Paris (1937) and New York (1939). Signature furniture pieces widely used in both institutional and residential settings include his three-legged stool, a classic of modern design, and the curvingly sculptural yet comfortable Paimio reclining bentwood armchair originally designed for the sanitarium. Also well known among his designs are fabrics and curvilinear glass vases. In 1940 he was appointed visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he designed the serpentine Baker House (1947–48). After World War II he was active in reconstruction in Finland. His major postwar works include a number of striking civic buildings in Helsinki, the Maison Carré in Paris (designed in collaboration with Elissa Makkinheimo, his second wife), and the Wolfsburg cultural center in Germany.


See his complete works, ed. by K. Fleig (tr. of 3d ed., 2 vol., 1970–71); studies by F. A. Gutheim (1960) and P. D. Pearson (1978).

Aalto, Alvar

Finnish architect who designed the Viipuri Public Library with an undulating timber roof, built in 1929. His Paimio Sanitorium, Paimio, Finland, was one of the first hospitals to be built in the International style. Later work includes the Baker House, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (1948), and the Public Library, Rovaniemi, Finland (1963), and Finlandia Hall (illus.) Helsinki, Finland (1971).
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Los trabajos de Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) (35), se encuadran dentro del movimiento moderno de la arquitectura.
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Ejemplos como los hospitales realizados por Alvar Aalto en Finlandia y Croacia, o por Louis Kahn en la India, asi como el recien inaugurado Hospital O'Donell en Madrid de Rafael Moneo, y el proyecto del Hospital de Juan Navarro Baldeweg en Asturias, representan una buena dosis de esta arquitectura de healing machines que ha ayudado a curar y fortalecer los paisajes de distintos contextos.
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Every architect has wanted to do a great chair, which is more accessible, more widely seen and used than their buildings," Fehlbaum says, citing chairs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto.