Architect Aarne Ervi’s (1910–1977) is internationally most well-known for his post-war modernism and especially his 1960s plan and buildings for the Tapiola central area. His career extended from the 1930s to the 1970s including almost every aspect of an architect’s work: designs for hinges and tableware to the design of power stations and urban planning.
This book is the first comprehensive catalogue of Ervi’s life and career. The catalogue was published in conjunction with a centenary exhibition that was produced by the Museum of Finnish Architecture and which was on display at the Museum between 1.12.2010 and 20.2.2011.
The richly illustrated book contains Ervi’s biographic details and a complete list of works. The several expert articles and interviews of his co-workers and contemporaries, as well as excerpts from Ervi’s own writings, contribute to our knowledge of Ervi’s architectural ideas, his conception of modernity and his working methods at his office Aarne Ervi Architects. Ervi’s role in building modern Finland is beyond measure.
The current view is that modern architecture is characteristically a complex and conflicting whole. In Ervi’s case, the paradox is crystallised in the resonance between innovations in construction technology and creating a people-friendly environment. For a modern architect, Ervi was exceptionally liberal-minded in acknowledging the presences of these contradictions: he accepted all kinds of design commissions. On the one hand, this can be seen in the great extent of his works that are speard all over Finland, and on the other as the incoherence of his architecture. Either way, the supreme spatial solutions of the architect Aarne Ervi, continue to provide fulfilling experiences, even for the people of today.
— Juhana Lahti, Architect Aarne Ervi – naturally modern. In Aarne Ervi: Tilaa ihmiselle : Architect Aarne Ervi 1910–1977, p. 159.