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Alvar Aalto

Baker House - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge USA
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was founded in 1861 and moved in 1916 from downtown Boston to Cambridge on the other side of the Charles River.
MIT's School of Architecture, now the School of Architecture and Planning, was the first in the United States, and it has a history of commissioning progressive buildings. The campus has a number of buildings designed by world-renowned architects, of which I have already shown one of Frank Gehry.

In 1941 Alvar Aalto accepted an invitation as a visiting professor to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA to teach his own version of Modernism.
There he also designed one of his most famous works outside of Finland, the student dormitory Baker House.
Almost all student rooms have a unique view of the river thanks to the special undulating faηade. This is clearly visible in photo 3, a panoramic photo of this long faηade on the river side.
The faηade on the other side is dominated by the cantilever stairwells that make the faηade very lively. The furniture in the building was also designed by Alvar Aalto.
The building is largely built in red brick and the flat facades of the stairwells are in the same colour.
In 1998, after 50 years of intensive use, the building was extensive renovated.
It is still one of the most popular dormitory houses on the campus.


■ Picture 1: ◄ Entrance Baker House ►


■ Picture 2: ◄ Cantilever Staircases ►


■ Picture 3: ◄ Panorama Riverside Facade ►


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