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Architect Eliel Saarinen
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Location outside Helsinki, Finland
Date 1902   timeline
Building Type architects' housing cluster with studios
 Construction System masonry and timber
Climate cold
Context rural
Style Finnish National Romantic
Notes with A. Lindgren, H. Gesellius. The collective retreat of the leaders of a generation of Finnish architects.




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Discussion Hvittrask Commentary

"Here is the pioneer work of National Romanticism: a group of studios and dwellings designed from 1901 onwards for their joint use by Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren and Eliel Saarinen, on a wooded site rising steeply from the edge of a lake... The first part to be built (1902)... consisted of a studio and workshop (later to be used as stables) with a large flat above... It was simple in style, reminiscent of Karelian vernacular building. The remainder of the project is more original and sophisticated, and shows the influence of the new domestic architecture (itself based on a revived interest in vernacular building methods) that had lately emerged in Europe and particularly in England..."

—J.M. Richards. 800 Years of Finnish Architecture. Vancouver: David and Charles, 1978. p118-119.

Sources on Hvittrask

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. exterior photo, p221. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at

Albert Chirst-Janer. Eliel Saarinen. Chicago: The University Chicago Press, 1948. With foreword by Alvar Aalto. photo of "big gable, courtyard...roof of red tile", f14, p16. photo of "home and workshop", f16, p17. photo of main hall, f15, p17.

J.M. Richards. 800 Years of Finnish Architecture. North Pomfret VT: David and Charles, Inc., 1978. photo of nursery, p119. photo of bldg, p118.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Hvittrask


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