Alvar Aalto Quotes

 

Nothing is as dangerous in architecture as dealing with separated problems. If we split life into separated problems we split the possibilities to make good building art.

 

The ultimate goal of the architect…is to create a paradise. Every house, every product of architecture… should be a fruit of our endeavour to build an earthly paradise for people.

— Alvar Aalto

Building art is a synthesis of life in materialised form. We should try to bring in under the same hat not a splintered way of thinking, but all in harmony together.

— Alvar Aalto

God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is, at least for me, an abuse of paper.

— Alvar Aalto

Once I tried to make a standardization of staircases. Probably that is one of the oldest of the standardizations. Of course, we design new staircase steps every day in connection with all our houses, but a standardized step depends on the height of the buildings and on all kinds of things.

— Alvar Aalto

We should work for simple, good, undecorated things, but things which are in harmony with the human being and organically suited to the little man in the street.

— Alvar Aalto

We should concentrate our work not only to a separated housing problem but housing involved in our daily work and all the other functions of the city.

— Alvar Aalto

I tell you, it is easier to build a grand opera or a city center than to build a personal house.

— Alvar Aalto

Just as it takes time for a speck of fish spawn to develop into a fully grown fish, so, too, we need time for everything that develops and crystallizes in the world of ideas. Architecture demands more of this time than other creative work.

— Alvar Aalto

Nothing is as dangerous in architecture as dealing with separated problems. If we split life into separated problems we split the possibilities to make good building art.

— Alvar Aalto

I do not write, I build.

— Alvar Aalto

Human life is a combination of tragedy and comedy. The shapes and designs that surround us are the music accompanying this tragedy and this comedy.

— Alvar Aalto

The very essence of architecture consists of a variety and development reminiscent of natural organic life. This is the only true style in architecture.

— Alvar Aalto

We have almost a city has probably two or three hundred committees. Every committee is dealing with just one problem and has nothing to do with the other problems.

— Alvar Aalto

The tubular steel chair is surely rational from technical and constructive points of view. It is light, suitable for mass production, and so on. But steel and chromium surfaces are not satisfactory from the human point of view.

— Alvar Aalto

The best standardisation committee in the world is nature herself, but in nature standardisation occurs mainly in connection with the smallest possible units: cells. The result is millions of flexible combinations in which one never encounters the stereotyped.

— Alvar Aalto

Form must have a content, and that content must be linked with nature.

— Alvar Aalto

Every one of my buildings begins with an Italian journey.

— Alvar Aalto

Architecture belongs to culture, not to civilization.

— Alvar Aalto

Our time is so specialised that we have people who know more and more or less and less.

— Alvar Aalto

The most difficult problems are naturally not involved in the search for forms for contemporary life. It is a question of working our way to forms behind which real human values lie.

— Alvar Aalto

Even the smallest daily chore can be humanized with the harmony of culture.

— Alvar Aalto

Architecture is not merely national but clearly has local ties in that it is rooted in the earth.

— Alvar Aalto

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