Alvar Aalto

Author(s): Richard Weston

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Internationally renowned as one of the major overall achievements of modern architecture, the work of Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) is deeply rooted in the culture and landscape of his native Finland. Throughout a long and fertile career his work embraced almost all of the key public institutions as well as social housing and private dwellings. This monograph places Aalto clearly in the context of both international Modernism and Finnish culture, exploring in depth his key inspirations and the complete range of his work, from the Paimio Sanatorium to the Congress Centre, Helsinki.


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The hardback edition of this title was awarded the Sir Banister Fletcher Award for Excellence in Architectural Book Publishing, 1996.

Winner of Sir Banister Fletcher Prize of the Author's Club 1995.

'A handsome tome, well backed up with as many architect's drawings as you are likely to get today and exquisite photographs that bring Alvar Aalto's magic right into your lap.' (Architects' Journal) 'This award-winning book is essential for anyone interested in modern architecture.' (Theme)

Richard Weston is an architect, teacher and writer. Formerly head of the University of Portsmouth School of Architecture, he has also taught at De Montfort University and the Welsh School of Architecture.

Finland - landscape, architecture and national identity; a classical education; from classicism to functionalism; nature and culture; dwelling in the modern world; the sense of place; the individual and the institution; building in the city; the academic campus; the centre of the town; sacred space; places of public assembly; conclusion - an architecture of democracy.

General Fields

  • : 9780714837109
  • : Phaidon Press Ltd
  • : Phaidon Press Ltd
  • : September 1997
  • : June 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Richard Weston
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 240