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Alvar Aalto Houses [Hardcover]

Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen , Jari Jetsonen
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March 23 2011
Over the course of a career spanning more than fifty years, Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) designed nearly one hundred single-family houses. Aalto, who is also known for his furniture and glassware, worked in a unique style that blended modernism and traditional vernacular architecture. Authors Jari and Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen ( Finnish Summer Houses ) present twenty-six of Aalto's innovative residences-from small summer homes and postwar standardized housing to large housing complexes for industrial commissions-built between the 1920s to the 1960s.

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Jari Jetsonen is a photographer and artist. His works have been published in many books and he has taught at the Helsinki University of Technology and Nihon University in Tokyo. Sirkkaliisa Jestonen is an architect and author and teaches at Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Industrial Arts in Helsinki. Jari and Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen's books include Finnish Summer Houses, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2008, Alvar Aalto Apartments (Rakennustieto, Helsinki 2004), and Sacral Space - Modern Finnish Churches (Building Information Ltd, Helsinki 2003).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 12 2014
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What a world we could live in if we understood it as well as Aalto
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great March 7 2006
By Leticia C. Bortolon - Published on Amazon.com
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A very beautiful look inside the work of a great architect. For those who are precisely interested in Alvar Aalto projects for houses, I haven't found a better book yet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Completing the understanding of Aalto's work. Dec 9 2013
By Diogenes - Published on Amazon.com
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I had been a fan of Aalto's work since college but this book which focuses only on the housing, is another piece of the picture. If you spend the time to read, you see how his work also reflected the historic and economic times of the 20th century--times when materials were in short supply after WWII or the absence of work during the Depression, the need to relocated Finns in large numbers after the Iron Curtain came down. It also shows Aalto's evolution from Scandanavian classicism to modernism. I would have gone for 5 stars but I wished at times for a few more floor plans, some more exterior shots describing the projects a bit better, but I also liked the interior shots that were honestly not staged, and in one case included a standard reclining chair amidst Aalto designed seating, or one with frilly lace curtains taming the lines of a modern interior. The spaces looked lived in as well as designed and this reflected the humanity of the man.
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