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Here is the world’s only world-famous villa

Villa Mairea stands mountain back in the history of architecture.

Here is the world's only world-famous villa

Here is the world's only world-famous villa

WELCOME HIT: Entrance Party has an organic form that plays playfully against all the right lines. Photo: The Villa Villa Mairea

Here is the world's only world-famous villa

Glass door hiding a hut

Here is the world's only world-famous villa

Dropped house became Oslo’s most expensive

Here is the world's only world-famous villa

35-square-foot cabin that accommodates everything you need

Here is the world's only world-famous villa

Built-in cabin with glass in height

Looking for books about master architect Alvar Aalto at Amazon. co. uk, you get 719 hits. Many of them are coffeetable books about this villa, Villa Mairea such as Aalto, designed for the Mairea family and Harry Gullichsen, one of Finland’s most marked industrialists in the interwar period.

Stunning poetic

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.

Here is the world's only world-famous villa

CREATIVE SAMPLING: Villa Mairea is surrounded by open green areas. Although this is modern architecture, the villa is warm and inviting. Photo: The Villa Villa Mairea

Terrestrial top design

Here is the world's only world-famous villa

Architect Alvar Aalto (1898-1976). Photo: Alvar Alto Foundation

– 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

Here is the world's only world-famous villa

A STILICON: From a distance we can see how the house adheres to the terrain. Photo: The Villa Villa Mairea

Here is the world's only world-famous villa

WOW: What about a fun afternoon in such surroundings? Photo: The Villa Villa Mairea

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.

Here is the world's only world-famous villa

VARM TONE IN MODERNIST VILLA: The interior of Villa Mairea was made by Aino Aalto, Alvar’s wife. She was also an architect. Photo: The Villa Villa Mairea

Here is the world's only world-famous villa

FULL OUTPUT: The openness to the landscape is a typical feature of this project. Photo: The Villa Villa Mairea

Here is the world's only world-famous villa

TIME TYPICAL: Elegance anno approx. 1950. Photo: The Villa Villa Mairea

Here is the world's only world-famous villa

DELICATE DESIGN: From the music room. Photo: Alvar Aalto Foundation Archives

Here is the world's only world-famous villa

AN ILDSJEL: Maiera Gullichsen working in the library. Photo: Alvar Aalto Foundation Archives

Avant-garde Art

Here is the world's only world-famous villa

Director Jan Förster Photo: Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute

– 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..

Interested in seeing more of Alvar Aalto’s work?

The Alvar Aalto Museum has departments both in Helsinki and Jyväskylä.

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Here is the world's only world-famous villa

FINNER LOVES THE FOREST: Woods are essential elements in both furniture buildings signed Alvar Aalto. Photo: The Villa Villa Mairea

Here is the world's only world-famous villa

Villa Mairea Photo: DRAWING: The Villa Mairea Foundation

Here is the world's only world-famous villa

Villa Mairea Photo: DRAWING: The Villa Mairea Foundation

Here is the world's only world-famous villa

ANYTHING: The house stands in an instant interaction with the garden and the surrounding countryside. Photo: DRAWING: Alvar Aalto Foundation Archives

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