Important Buildings by Alvar Aalto:
- 1920: White Guards Headquarters, Seinajoki, Finland
- 1927-1935: Viipuri Library, Viipuri, Russia
- 1929-33: Paimio Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Paimio, Finland
- 1938-39: Finnish Pavilion, New York's World Fair (demolished)
- 1946-49: Baker House, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
- 1949-1966: Institute of Technology in Otaniemi, Finland
- 1957-1960: Lakeuden Risti Church, Seinajoki, Finland
- 1959-1962: Enso-Gutzeit Headquarters, Helsinki, Finland
- 1962-1965: Seinajoki Town Hall, Seinajoki, Finland
- 1967-75: Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland
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Alvar Aalto received international acclaim with the completion of the Paimio Tuberculosis Sanatorium. The Sanatorium building established Aalto's dominance of the International style and, more importantly, emphasized Aalto's attention to the human side of design. The patients' rooms, with their specially designed heating, lighting and furniture, are models of integrated environmental design. Alvar Aalto's Paimio chair assisted patient breathing.
The term Nordic Classicism has been used to describe some of Alvar Aalto's work. Many of his buildings combined sleek lines with richly textured natural materials such as stone, teak, and rough-hewn logs.
Alvar Aalto was also known for furniture and industrial design. In 1932, he developed a revolutionary type of furniture made of laminated bent plywood.
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