Collection: Alvar Aalto
Born 3 February 1898 Kuortane, Finland. Died 11 May 1976 Helsinki, Finland. 1916–21 Studied architecture at the Technological University of Finland. 1923 Opens the Alvar Aalto office for architecture and monumental art in Jyväskylä, Finland. 1924 Start of the collaboration with Aino Maria Marsio in Jyväskylä; marriage. 1927–33 Architectural studio in Turku, Finland. 1928 Member of Congrès Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM). 1928–30 Designes the office building for the Turun Sanomat newspaper in Turku. 1929 Worked with Otto Korhonen in an experimental workshop for laminated wood in Turku. 1929–33 Built and furnished the tuberculosis sanitarium in Paimio. 1933–76 Architectural studio in Helsinki. Show more information
1935 Co-founds the company Artek and the Artek Gallery in Helsinki; patents the first self-supporting wooden chair frame. 1938 Alvar Aalto: Architecture and Furniture exhibition at the MoMA in New York. 1939 Designs the Finnish pavilion for the New York World’s Fair; completion of the Villa Mairea, Noormarkku, Finland. 1946–48 Guest professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1949 Aino Aalto dies. 1952 Marries Elissa Mäkiniemi. 1953 Designs the main building of the Helsinki Technical University. From 1955 Member of the Academy of Finland. 1956 Completion of the House of Culture in Helsinki. 1957 Completion of new building for the Finnish state pension fund in Helsinki; awarded a Royal Gold Medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). 1959 Completion of the Maison Louis Carré in Bazochessur-Guyonne, France. 1963 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects. 1963-68 President of the Academy of Finland. 1969 Awarded Order Pour le Mérite for Sciences and Arts, Germany. 1975 Completion of the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki. 1976-94 After Aalto’s death, Elissa Aalto runs the office until she dies, entrusting Aalto’s drawings to the Alvar Aalto Foundation in Helsinki.
Text: Jochen Eisenbrand
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