Aalto Summer House
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Architect Alvar Aalto
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Location Muuratsalo, Finland   map
Date 1953   timeline
Building Type small house, architect's house
 Construction System wood and masonry
Climate cold
Context rural lakeside forest
Style Modern
Notes A living architectural sketch-pad, with experimental masonry patterns, unifying shed roof.


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Discussion Aalto Summer House Commentary

"The summerhouse at Muuratsalo is not only a place to live and work but is also a sort of experimental house. It is located in the lake country of north-central Finland, one hour by motor boat from the nearest railroad station. Two wings of equal length set perpendicularly to each other, one containing the living area and the other the bedrooms, form a square court which is closed to the exterior by means of high walls. The exterior walls of this court are developed as mosaic-like experimental walls, divided into about fifty areas in which different types and sizes of brick and ceramic tile with different methods of jointing are used, so as to test their effect from both the aesthetic and practical standpoints. The lean-to roof rises steeply over the living area towards the west wall."

— Karl Fleig, ed. Alvar Aalto. Scarsdale, N.Y.: Wittenborn and Company, 1963. p200.

Sources on Aalto Summer House

David Dunster, ed. Alvar Aalto. London: St. Martin's Press, 1978. p70-71.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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