Architect

Alvar Aalto

Year of Completion

1953

Client

Alvar Aalto

Material of interest

Masonry

Material Used

50 Types of Red Brick

Material Properties

This material allows for exploration of different configurations of the unit, and gives a sense of human scale and a haptic quality. Fifty different types of bricks which are arranged in various patterns as a material exploration.

Application

Exterior Façade and Interior spaces

Climate

Continental Subarctic Climate

Environmental Response

Red brick is used in this case as an exterior façade material which allows for solar heating. Brick is also used floor material in the couryard, which allows for a visual connection to the earth, but also a permeable ground surface. Brick was also tested by Aalto to see how it would respond to the harsh climate.

Keywords

Brick, Finland, residential, masonry

Location

Muuratsalo, Finland

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Date submitted

2013

Disciplines

Architecture

Muuratsalo Experimental House

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