- Vietnam’s fast development raises many urban problems; less green space, electricity shortages and flooding. The increasing number of motorbikes are causing traffic jams and serious air pollution. “Greenfall renovation”, a prototypical single house renovation in Hanoi, was designed against this backdrop, returning greenery to the city and encouraging a comfortable living environment to both the resident and the neighbours.
Studio 55: Aalto Studio, Helsinki by Alvar Aalto-
Alvar Aalto designed his studio in the Munkkiniemi district of Helsinki in 1955. Aalto had previously worked in the small studio at his home just down the road, but with an increase in architectural comissions more space was needed. The building has a large open plan office in the main space, which is lit by clerestory windows at the top of the sloping roof and large windows the other. The curved studio where Aalto used to work has large picture windows all along one side, which look out onto the amphitheatre shaped garden. There is a meeting room with a sloping wall lit by skylights, plans could be viewed on the wall and it was also used as a gallery. There is also a canteen for the staff which is in an extension that was added in 1962-63. More photos here.
© 2014 Alex James Bruce