This book offers a fresh perspective on Alvar Aalto’s creativity through the people who worked in his atelier. The book includes a series of conversations between the atelier’s architects, model-makers and secretaries, as well as its consulting engineers and furniture designers. They discuss their time working with the world-famous architect, and consider a total of sixty-four buildings and projects produced by the Aalto atelier. The often touching reminiscences shed light on the varying sources of Aalto’s inspiration, how his architectural solutions emerged, and how he directed the flow of his design progress.
From the soft pencil of his guiding sketches to his work on the construction site, the book reveals the mark of Aalto’s hand that lay at the centre of his architectural achievement; a mark that made him one of the most significant architects of the 20th century.