Architecture by Alvar Aalto 8 The Jyväskylä defence corps building


The booklets in this series present buildings and groups of buildings designed by Alvar Aalto.

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Completed in 1929, Aalto’s plan turned out to be a multi-purpose building in the true sense of the word, its layout dictated by the needs of its various occupants, the aim being to draw profit by leasing the commercial premises in the complex.

The Jyväskylä Defence Corps Building marks Aalto’s move towards a modernist architectural idiom. In the floor plan, he dispensed with the rigid symmetry of neo-classicism in favour of a more flexible approach to the functional layout of the interiors. In similar fashion, his treatment of space anticipates themes he was to diversity in his later work, such as his partiality for ’blurring’ the conventional line between interiors and exteriors.

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Weight 0.104 kg
Dimensions 21 × 21 × 0.5 cm


Soft bound

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