Humanizing modern architecture: the role of das Japanische Wohnhaus in Alvar Aalto's design for his own house and studio in Riihitie
Design Journal Shih Chien University
Shih Chien University
50 - 74
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The role of traditional Japanese houses and gardens in Finnish architect Alvar Aalto's (1898- 1976) career is often mentioned but without an in-depth study. This article analyzes and compares Aalto's design for his own house and studio in Riihitie (1935-6) and his reading of Japan, particularly through Tetsuro Yoshida's 1935 Das Japanische Wohnhaus (The Japanese House).