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Alvar Aalto and the Use of Timber: From Stools to Ceilings and Structures

Published May 04 2021 at 7:30 AM GMT
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  • Many describe the work of Alvar Aalto as an embodiment of the concept of Gesamtkunstwerk (a total work of art), where architecture, design, and art merge into one.
  • The Finnish architect is a pioneer in the so-called organic strand of modern architecture in the early 20th century and has strongly influenced what we know today as Scandinavian architecture.
  • According to a description on the MoMA website: "his work reflected a deep desire to humanize architecture through an unorthodox handling of shapes and materials that was rational and intuitive.
  • Its methods of bringing natural light into buildings are extolled and studied repeatedly until today.
  • But throughout Aalto's career, wood has always been present and taken many different forms.



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  • Published May 4, 2021 7:30 AM GMT