Villa Mairea Finland
Villa Maira in Noormarkku, Finland, was designed by renowned architect and designer Alvar Aalto between 1937 and 1939. Built as a rural retreat, it is considered to be one of the best examples from the 20th century of modernist, abstract residential architecture.
Perhaps Finland's most celebrated architect, Alvar Aalto (3 February 1898 – 11 May 1976) was known for his humanistic approach to Modernism. For his characteristically Finnish take on architecture, Aalto has become a key reference point for architecture in the Nordic countries, and his commitment to creating a total work of art left many examples of his design genius not only in buildings but also in their interior features, including furniture, lamps, and glassware design.
The plan of the house forms and L-shape, with the lawn and pool between the two perpendicular sides of the house, with the rooms orientated in this direction. This is part of the process of creating a semi-private space, in which the outdoor influences are fused with the inside of the home.
The pillars resembles the tree trunks of the forest - Aalto wanted to incorporate elements of the outdoors into the interior design of the house.
The main living area appears to open and close, which reproduces a similar experience as when walking through a forest.
Photo courtesy by Alvar Aalto