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Villa Mairea (1939), Noormarkku, Finland, designed by Alvar Aalto

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Villa MaireaYear built: 1939Architect: Alvar AaltoLocation: Noormarkku, FinlandVisiting info: Must inquire about tours in advanceMust know: Finnish architect Alvar Aalto was given almost total freedom by Harry and Maire Gullichsen for the design of their summer home. Aalto, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater (1939 — Aalto saw it in project form in journals), strove for a design that was Finnish but modern. The resulting two-story, L-shaped house is an idiosyncratic design that expresses what British architect Colin St. John Wilson called "the other tradition of modern architecture," which placed humanism above ideology.Read more about Villa Mairea
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The first glimpses of the house are of a white box in the forest, but the layering of various pieces seen from a closer look violates any simple reading. First is the wood box projecting from the white walls (housing Harry's library and the living room); then there are the canted windows on the second floor; finally there is the asymmetrical and elongated entrance canopy sticking out from the white wall behind it. Compare the front of Villa Mairea with the front of the Gropius House; both have canopies and spiral stairs, but Aalto's technique is relaxed where Gropius is rigorous. I'm always amazed at how successful Aalto's exteriors are given the great number of things going on.

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