Alvar Aalto Churches (Rakennustieto 2020) presents all 14 completed church buildings and parish centres designed by Aalto in Finland, Germany and Italy from the 1920s to 1970s.
Jari Jetsonen’s colour photos – most of them taken especially for this book – together with Aalto’s original drawings and old photographs, reveal the solemn, yet intimate and modest atmosphere of each church. The mostly white or light-coloured churches together with their tall bell towers stand out in the landscape, full of exquisite beauty. Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen’s descriptions of each of the churches is complemented by architect Professor Simo Paavilainen’s detailed essay on Aalto’s unrealised church designs. In the foreword the award-winning, academician Juha Leiviskä absorbingly relates his impressions of Aalto’s church architecture that is immersed with light and music.
I am often asked the question: What is light? I don’t know. I have some idea of how light behaves, of how ti can be made to vibrate. For example, in Vuoksenniska Church daylight enters the interior from several directions: warm light from one direction and cool light from another. The spaces are destined to produce reflections and reflections of reflections, or after-reflections. In Vuoksenniska Church the light vibrates…”
— Juha Leiviskä in Alvar Aalto Churches by Sirkkaliisa and Jari Jetsonen (Rakennuskirja Publishing, 2020)