When published in 1995, Finnish Architecture and the Modernist Tradition was the first comprehensive study of 20th-century Finnish architecture written from an international perspective for the international audience. The book examines the main architectural styles and movements since the end of the 19th century until the postmodern era. The book completes Professor Malcolm Quantrill’s earlier studies on Finnish architects Alvar Aalto (1983) and Reima Pietilä (1985).
The book proceeds in chronological order. Quantrill explains the historical background of Finnish architecture and the basic schools-of-thought at the turn of the century. He then moves on to study classicism of the 1920s, the arrival of functionalism, the reconstruction period of the 1940s, and the ensuing golden era in Finnish design and architecture in the 1950s and 1960s. The book closes with a chapter discussing Reima Pietilä’s position as an individual champion of modern architecture and a chapter about Alvar Aalto’s legacy in the 1970s and 1980s.
We are beginning to understand that the real quality of Finnish architecture is not something ‘out there’, but it is the result of an internalised process, a philosophical approach that can take any material, any form and, but intelligent detailing of the idea, generate an unmistakably Finnish quality in a wide range of architectural expressions.
— Malcolm Quantrill, Preface, Finnish Architecture and the Modernist Tradition (1995).
The copy for sale is an ex-library copy from the Beverly Hills Public Library. The book has plastic covers and the usual library stamps and markings. Besides these features, the book is in very good condition.