The Finnish master of architecture and design: a long, prolific career that embraces all the aspects of man's constructed environment.
“You always have to look for a synthesis of opposites … Nearly all commissions involve dozens, often hundreds, even thousands of different, contradictory factors, joined in functional harmony only by the will of man. This harmony cannot be achieved with instruments different from those of art.”
Alvar Aalto, master of architecture and design, created his first projects in keeping with the neoclassical leanings of the Finnish schools. His works contain all the components of a research aimed at overcoming abstract rationalistic modulations, to create new spaces through able use of light, color and natural materials.
This major monograph, published for the centennial of his birth, sheds light on his pursuit of fusion between abstraction and naturalism, accomplished by combining squared and rounded volumes.