An old photo of a modern angular white house, built into a gently sloping hillside. A light skinned woman walks towards a pool and modern white cabana in the foreground.
Architecture + Design Film Series, Aalto
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This exploration of Alvar Aalto, the defining figure in Scandic design and one of Europe’s greatest modern architects focuses on his remarkable partnership with his wife, Aino. Theirs was a humanist vision that put people at the center of design and ranged from work in furniture design to huge architectural projects. They mixed with, and influenced, major figures of modernist design including Le Corbusier, Gropius, Moholy-Nagy, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Come on a cinematic tour of their iconic buildings, from a library in Russia, a student dormitory at MIT, an art collector’s private house near Paris, to a pavilion in Venice. Featuring never-before-seen archive footage, Aalto tells the love story of an extraordinary couple with a great passion for human-scale architecture.

Directed by Virpi Suutari
2020, Finland, 99 Minutes

FREE. Doors open at 6:00 pm, movie begins at 6:30 pm. 

Learn more about Season 11 of The Architecture + Design Film Series at

Check back for free streaming link on Wednesday, December 13



The Architecture + Design Film Series is presented by: 118 Elliot Gallery, AIA Vermont, and Burlington City Arts. With support from: AIAVT Emerging Professionals, Artisan Engineering, Birdseye Building Company, Burlington Furniture, Office Environments, Inc., Pella Windows and Doors, Peregrine Design/Build, Redstone, Riven Studio, Rocky Dale Gardens, Selin + Selin, Site Form Studio, TruexCullins, UVM Department of Art & Art History, Vermont Eco-Floors, NuChocolat, Douglas Sweets, American Flatbread, Radio Bean, Jim Williams Architecture and Design, Austin Design, Inc., Hinterland Studio, Hubbard Land Design, Mathes Hulme Builders, ASLA - Vermont Chapter, Hotel Vermont, and Nusantara


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