Wolfsburg Cultural Center
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Architect Alvar Aalto
Location Wolfsburg, Germany   map
Date 1958 to 1962   timeline
Building Type cultural center
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Modern




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Discussion Wolfsburg Cultural Center Commentary

"… In typical Aalto fashion, the centre of the building is a roof terrace, an image of a Greek ‘agora’ within the privacy of the building, but surely juxtaposed with the town square opposite.

"In a sense, this is Aalto at his most abstract: a building constructed around a metaphorical public offering but at the same time making quite clear the conditions of that gift. Despite the impressions given by photographs, the only consistent element, and even that pertains only to the public edges of the building, is the arcade connecting all the many public entrance points."

— David Dunster, ed. Architectural Monographs 4: Alvar Aalto. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1984. p90.

Sources on Wolfsburg Cultural Center

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. drawings and diagrams, p14-15. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

David Dunster, ed. Alvar Aalto. London: St. Martin's Press, 1978. p90.

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