Architecture Week – DAY 2 – Saynatsalo Town Hall

DAY 2

Saynatsalo Town Hall – Alvar Aalto – 1949-1952

I arrived at Aalto a little late. I always respected him, but it never quite clicked with me. Saynatsalo changed that. Aalto had a way of designing modern buildings with a strong sense of place. Not many modernist can claim that. Saynatsalo seems like it was carved out of the forest by slowly moving glaciers. The forms are strikingly modern, but the materials, textures, natural light, and the connection to the courtyard all act to humanize the structures. It’s informal and majestic at the same time. I don’t know how you do that. I must have glanced at photos of this building every week for the last 10 years, and I see something new every time. I still don’t know if I like this building, but I don’t even care anymore. There’s enough to learn about Architecture here to last a lifetime.

And, that asymetrical butterfly roof form at the courtroom is just unreal.

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memorize this plan.

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amazing siting.

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Love the materials.

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the most amazing roof truss ever designed, hands down.

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The previous 13 images are from the Saynatsalo Town Hall website HERE

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early green.

wood windows my friends.

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could you design a better entry.

that form is unreal – eat your heart out SANAA.

the previous 12 images are from Tim Brown Architect’s photostream on flickr (used under creative commons license – and found HERE

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I assume that’s an Architect

photo from dvmoc’s photostream on Flickr (used under creative commons license – HERE

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