Great Buildings

Villa Mairea 1939 by Alvar Aalto

The Villa Mairea is one of many highly informative pieces of architecture that we visited by the great Finnish architect Alvar Allto.

This building embodies the essence of humanist organic modernism and was designed to harmonise the relationship between people and nature.

While the house was designed over 70 years ago it has an enduring relevance to human occupation of landscape and space. 

Nothing in the building's materiality or appearance is ostentatious, yet the journey through and around the house moves the human spirit, and also heightens the relationship between occupant and nature.