Villa Mairea stands mountain back in the history of architecture.
Glass door hiding a hut
Dropped house became Oslo’s most expensive
35-square-foot cabin that accommodates everything you need
Built-in cabin with glass in height
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On the site of the archipelago, this villa is characterized as “a great building” that is expressive within a modernist, organic framework.
It’s a muted and poetic, yet an amazing house that takes careful consideration of the conditions on the site it’s built on, the site claims.
Terrestrial top design
– This villa is both earthy and exotic, adds the archipelago.
Finding World Class
In this way, the Aaltos Mairea villa has our Finnish follow-up with this remarkable cabin right by the sea, these uncompromised finishing houses and two hot saunas.
Villa Maiera is in a nice company
– Villa Mairea is by contrast the counterpart of the American star architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous villa Falling Water or here in Norway; architect Arne Korsmo’s house in Planetveien or Villa Stenersen, says Jan Förster, director of Finnish-Norwegian cultural institute in Oslo.
Both a holiday and representation residence
Although Villa Mairea was planned as, and has always been used as a holiday home, this house has also had a representative function, points to Förster.
Cultural pioneers show their way
The villa is in many ways unique because of the burning interest of the owner family in modern art, and notice how the brilliant details, both inside and outside make this building something as rare as a so-called genocide art.
– It is said that this is not a house, but a declaration of love for art and architecture, explains Förster.
Maire Foundation Art School and Artek
– Maire Gullichsen was a unique cultural personality in Finland, continues Förster. She founded the free art school and gallery Artek together with no less an Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino Aalto.
– This gallery was in line with today’s most advanced trends and showed art of celebrities such as Alexander Calder and Ferdinand Leger, says the director of the Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute.
Harrys Norwegian Relations
Maires man, Harry Gullichsen had Norwegian ancestry and was director of one of Finland’s largest paper mills. He was very concerned with modern architecture and also gave Alvar Aalto the task of drawing contemporary homes for the factory workers.
The house reflects the creative owners
– The builders Harry and Maire Gullichsen became acquainted with the Aalto couple in 1935 and the fruits of this friendship are just seen here at Villa Mairea, “concludes Jan Förster..
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