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Villa Mairea
On the eve of the Second World War, Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898 - 1976) designed the Villa Mairea for his close friends, Maire and Harry Gullichsen, in Noormarkku near the west coast of Finland. Located in a pine forest adjoining an old sawmill area, the house was to become…
The New Modernists: 6 European Architects
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