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Definition of the noun alvar aalto

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  1. Finnish architect and designer of furniture (1898-1976)


Who is Alvar Aalto?

Alvar Aalto: Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto was a Finnish architect and designer, as well as a sculptor and painter. His work includes architecture, furniture, textiles and glassware. Aalto's early career runs in parallel with the rapid economic growth and industrialization of Finland during the first half of the twentieth century and many of his clients were industrialists; among these were the Ahlström-Gullichsen family. The span of his career, from the 1920s to the 1970s, is reflected in the styles of his work, ranging from Nordic Classicism of the early work, to a rational International Style Modernism during the 1930s to a more organic modernist style from the 1940s onwards. His furniture designs were considered Scandinavian Modern. What is typical for his entire career, however, is a concern for design as a Gesamtkunstwerk, a total work of art; whereby he – together with his first wife Aino Aalto – would design not just the building, but give special treatments to the interior surfaces and design furniture, lamps, and furnishings and glassware. The Alvar Aalto Museum, designed by Aalto himself, is located in what is regarded as his home city Jyväskylä.

  • also known as Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto; אלבר אלטו; Αλβάρ Αάλτο; Аалто, Алвар; 阿尔瓦·阿尔托; Аалто Алвар Гуґо; 阿尔瓦尔·阿尔托
  • born on (117 years ago) in Kuortane, child of Johan Henrik Aalto and Selma Matilda Hackstedt
  • nationality: Finland
  • education: Helsinki University of Technology between and (5 years)
  • profession: Architect
  • spouses:
    • Marriage with Aino Aalto between and (24 years)
    • Marriage with Elissa Aalto between and (24 years)
  • parent of
  • died on (39 years ago) in Helsinki
  • buried in Hietaniemi cemetery
  • written works: "En contact avec Alvar Aalto", "Church in Vuoksenniska (Imatra), Finland, 1957-59", "La Humanizacion De La Arquitectura", "The architectural drawings of Alvar Aalto, 1917-1939", "Synopsis", "Le biblioteche di Alvar Aalto", "Town Hall in Säynätsalo, Säynätsalo, Finland, 1950-52", "La Maison Louis Carré, Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France, 1956-59", "Villa Mairea, Noormarkku, Finland, 1937-39", "Das Gesamtwerk / L'oeuvre complète / The Complete Work", "Alvar Aalto", "Alvar Aalto in seven buildings", "Alvar Aalto, furniture and glass"
  • some of the nominations and awards:
      • nominated to Architectural Competition to design the Wiener Stadthalle
      • Royal Gold Medal
      • AIA Gold Medal
      • Alvar Aalto Medal


  1. "Alvar Aalto" is an award-winning book by Richard Weston.
  2. "Alvar Aalto" is a book by Göran Schildt.
    • also known as "Alvar Aalto: masterworks"


"Alvar Aalto" is a musical album of Lotus Crown.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Twentieth Century Architecture (2004)

by Stephen Sennott

New York: Museum of Modern An, 1998 Schildt, Goran, Alvar Aalto. The Complete Catalogue of ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Associations and Information Sources for Architects, Designers, and Engineers

W403 Alvar Aalto Museum alvar.aalto-museum ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science (1973)

Volume 8 - El Salvador: National Library in to Ford Foundation by Allen Kent, Harold Lancour

Alvar Aalto, the designer of the Viipuri Public Library in 1935, has designed the libraries in, for example, Rovaniemi and Seinajoki in the 1960s. The beautiful and practical library building in Kuopio has been designed by Matti Hakala. Kouvola ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Creativity, Two-Volume Set (1999)

by Steven R. Pritzker

Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) believed that architecture may be seen ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Scandinavian Cinema (2012)

by John Sundholm, Isak Thorsen, Lars Gustaf Andersson

The film club Projektio is founded in Helsinki, gathering such directors as Nyrki Tapiovaara, Valentin Vaala, and Teuvo Tulio, as well as the architect Alvar Aalto. 1935 Denmark: Carl Bauder wins a court case about the patent rights for the ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

Alvar Aalto in Finland spearheaded the movement, followed by Kaare Klint in Denmark. After 1945, Scandinavian designers, though still often home-based, were working for an appreciative and growing US-led world market. Second Empire ...

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Small photo of BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 25, 2010: The Hansaviertel Interbau is a housing estate designed by international master architects including Alvar Aalto Walter Gropius Oscar Niemeyer in 1957Small photo of FINLAND - CIRCA 1978: stamp printed by Finland, shows Paimio Sanitarium by Alvar Aalto, circa 1978Small photo of LAHTI, FINLAND - JULY 17, 2010: The Sitting Willow Statue by Olavi Lanu sculptor. On the background is Ristinkirkko - Church of the Cross (designed by Alvar Aalto in 1978)Small photo of Bell tower of beautiful Church of the Three Crosses (Kolmen Ristin Kirkko).The impressive church designed by Alvar Aalto. Vouksenniska. Imatra. FinlandSmall photo of HELSINKI, FINLAND - JUNE 1, 2016: The Aalto House was designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. The house in Munkkiniemi, Helsinki, was completed in 1936 as home and studio for Alvar and Aino Aalto.Small photo of HELSINKI, FINLAND - JUNE 1, 2016: The Aalto House was designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. The house in Munkkiniemi, Helsinki, was completed in 1936 as home and studio for Alvar and Aino Aalto.Small photo of LAHTI, FINLAND - JULY 17, 2010: Ristinkirkko - Church of the Cross. Designed by finnish architect Alvar Aalto in 1978 More...

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We should concentrate our work not only to a separated housing problem but housing involved in our daily work and all the other functions of the city. (Alvar Aalto)
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