Aalto through the Young Utzon's Eyes: The Role of Alvar Aalto in developing the Artistic Maturity of Jørn Utzon

Aino Niskanen, Chen-Yu Chiu, Nur Kılınçer

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Abstract

This article, as the first of this kind, explores the relationship between
two Nordic master architects, Alvar Aalto and Jørn Utzon, with a focus on
the role of Aalto in young Utzon’s architectural career. As a great admirer
of Aalto, Utzon not only worked with Aalto but also studied Aalto’s work
in great detail. Based on the evidence found in archive collections and
comparative analyses of their design projects, the authors argue that
the influence of Aalto played an important role in the maturity of Utzon’s
architectural philosophy and design, especially seen in various courtyard
housing schemes, the Sydney Opera House and his thematic approach to
design encapsulated in the “Platforms and Plateaus” manifesto.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-69
Number of pages34
JournalNordic Journal of Architectural Research
Volume32
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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