Tag Archives: Alvar Aalto

The Finnish Architectural Review 1/2017: Modernism, time, patina

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The latest issue of Arkkitehti – the Finnish Architectural Review discusses the principles and practices of the renovation of modernism. The vast majority of Finland’s building stock is modernist architecture built since the country became independent in 1917. These buildings will in the coming years increasingly be restored, repaired, altered, expanded and even demolished. Arkkitehti begins the centenary anniversary of …

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Words of Wisdom: National – International by Alvar Aalto (1967)

Alvar Aalto studies the model of Zürich Altstetten parish centre in 1967.

The curator of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, Alejandro Aravena, has called for architects to address architecture’s social power. In response to this mission, many of the exhibitions at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale are presenting themes, projects and strategies that have both great national significance and potentially global impact. Alvar Aalto (1898–1972) wrote a commentary titled “National – International” for a special …

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Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Finnish pavilion in Venice

Building the Finnish Pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 1956. © Museum of Finnish Architecture.

This summer marks not only the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice but the 60th anniversary of the Finnish pavilion. The pavilion was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1955–56 with the intention that it could be dismantled and stored away in-between the biennales. Because of some mishaps during the construction of the prefabricated wooden wall and roof units, this idea never realised. By courtesy of …

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Aalto loved Italy and Italians love Aalto

Alvar Aalto's sketch for the Riola church and parish centre. Bologna, Riola di Vergato, Piazza Alvar Aalto. 1966–69, 1975–80, 1984–85. © Alvar Aalto Museum.

Once again Italy pays tribute to the famous Finnish architect and designer, Alvar Aalto. In 1964, the Milan Polytechnic awarded him an Honorary Degree in occasion of its centenary. This year, it organized an international seminar entitled “Alvar Aalto e l’Italia”, Alvar Aalto and Italy. The 2-day conference was held on 13–14 January, 2016 in the Rogers lecture hall of …

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Maximal | Minimal: Alvar Aalto Design Seminar 27–28 August, 2016

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The 8th International Alvar Aalto Design Seminar titled Maximal | Minimal will discuss an array of topics from arts & crafts to the lighting of cities and ecologically sustainable manufacturing. The seminar will be chaired by esteemed interior architect, Professor Simo Heikkilä and it will take place on 27–28, August, 2016, in Jyväskylä, Finland. For further information about the event, the programme and tickets, please visit: www.alvaraaltodesignseminar.fi.

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Nieto Sobajeno Arquitectos lecture at Aalto University on 27th April, 2016

Arvo Pärt Centre, Laulasmaa, Estonia. Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, 2014–15. Project image by courtesy of the architects.

The winners of the prestigious Alvar Aalto Medal 2015, architects Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobajeno from Nieto Sobajeno Arquitectos will give a public lecture titled Atlas at the Aalto University, Department of Architecture, on Wednesday, 27th April, 2016, at 18:00. Venue address: Aalto University, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Department of Architecture, Lecture Hall A1, Otakaari 1 x (the old department …

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The 13th Alvar Aalto Symposium will discuss the making of architecture

University of Jyväskylä (1956). Photo: © Alvar Aalto Museum / Maija Holma.

The 13th International Alvar Aalto Symposium has invited an impressive group of renowned architects who will share their motives, sources of inspiration and methods in creating architecture. According to the organisers, there will be no project presentations but diving into the world of doing and creating architecture from the perspectives of LOCAL, SOCIAL, DIGITAL and MATERIAL. This year’s keynote speakers …

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Materiality and the Magic of Light. Wolfgang Jean Stock on sacral architecture in Finland in the 21st century

Otaniemi Chapel by architects Heikki and Kaija Siren. Competition in 1954, completed in 1957. Photo: Marc Goodwin.

Wolfgang Jean Stock, the German historian and architecture critic and esteemed scholar of Finnish architecture, has recently published a book about Finnish churches and chapels of the 21st century. By courtesy of the Finnish Architectural Review 2/2015, we are proud to re-publish his article discussing contemporary religious architecture in Finland. Materiality and the Magic of Light All great Finnish architects …

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