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Villa Mairea – Noormarkku, Finland

Posted in Built by Alicia Sim on November 13, 2018



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Building: Villa Mairea

Architect: Alvar Aalto

Location: Noormarkku, Finland

Design/Construction: 1937 – 1939


AE Interests: The Villa Mairea, built as a country house for Harry and Maire Gullichsen by Alvar Aalto in 1939, is a significant dwelling that marks Aalto’s transition from traditional to modern architecture. It is composed of a mix of materials that “morph” and change throughout the structure. Aalto wanted to blend the interior and the exterior, he used a lot of differently sized columns that mimic the birch tree forest around the house, “to avoid the artificial architectural patterns in architecture.” The house is slightly L-shaped, which makes a public and private side for the residents. The final design is heavily inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater.


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