Alvar Aalto Homes is a monograph about private homes designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1889–1976) and his architect spouses Aino (1894–1949) and Elissa (1922–1994). The book presents 30 homes from the 1920s to the end of the 1960s built in Finland, the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Estonia and France. Alvar Aalto Homes includes presentations about the well-known Villa Mairea and Maison Louis Carré, but also more modest developments such as the Standard terrace housing project in Kauttua, Finland, the Typpi Oy row house in Oulu, Finland, and the Neue Vahr apartment building in Bremen, Germany.
The authors – architect, architecture historian Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen and photographer Jari Jetsonen – have carefully curated the project selection in order to introduce the contemporary reader to the full spectrum of Alvar Aalto’s design philosophy and relevance. The book also contains an insightful essay by Jussi Rautsi who explains Alvar Aalto’s approach to architecture and his collaboration with Aino and Elissa as well as their clients. Many of Jari Jetsonen’s architectural photographs are specifically taken for this book.