Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto (3 February 1898 – 11 May 1976) was a Finnish architect and designer. His work includes architecture, furniture, textiles and glassware, as well as sculptures and paintings.
Alvar Aalto and The Art of Landscape captures the essence of the Finnish architect's landscape concept, emphasising culture and tradition, which characterised his approach to and understanding of architecture as part of the wider environment.
Alvar Aalto remains Finland's greatest architect, retains his place among the Modern Masters of twentieth-century architecture and is now recognized internationally as one of the world's greatest architects of all time. This is the first, frank and fully-comprehensive biography of Alvar Aalto.
Proposes a fresh interpretation of Alvar Aalto's oeuvre, revealing it as a thoughtful response to his intellectual and cultural milieu - especially to Finland's dynamic political circumstances following independence from Russia in 1917. This book considers the geographic and geopolitical narratives found in his writings.
Aalto built three major works in America that counted among the most important in his career: the Finland Pavilion at the New York World's Fair, Baker House at MIT, and the Library at Mount Angel Abbey, Oregon. This title deals with the complex nature of Aalto's experience with America.
An authoritative study of the interrelationship between modern architecture, landscape, and site strategy as viewed through the work of five prominent architects