Alvar Aalto and Jean-Jacques Baruël

Author: Jaime J. Ferrer Forés

Working paper
Alvar Aalto Researchers Network 2012


Alvar Aalto has a prominent place among modern architecture's masters and his widely acclaimed work spanning the decades between 1921 and 1976, with classicist beginnings, a functionalist period and a maturity characterized by the search for a synthesis between tradition and modernity is extraordinary, not only on account of its, but also because of the instruments, methods and reflections about the design process that his works offered: Aalto's architecture, all too frequently contemplated as a purely personal architecture, contains deep-rooted lessons and even its organic approach, if wisely applied, is transmissible.

Aalto’s dedicated explorations and refining of significant universal themes in architecture provides an enormous resource for architects in the future. His timeless organic approach to design, rather than historic style ensures his continued relevance.

This article explores Aalto's influence on the career of the Danish Architect Jean-Jacques Baruël. The article is divided in several sections. Firstly, the article present briefly Jean-Jacques Baruël's career. Secondly, the article will introduce the main distinctive characteristics of Jean-Jacques Baruël's architecture and Aalto's influence. It does not to attempt to describe his extensive work and projects, but to point out the central elements in his efforts. There are many ideas in Jean-Jacques Baruël's work, which are developed through his works and projects and are presented in this article in four main themes: the light, the piazzeta, the landscapes, the architectonic landscapes and the amphitheatres, exemplified by selected projects.


Alvar Aalto and Jean-Jacques Baruël. Aalborg Art Museum, 1958-71.

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Jaime J. Ferrer Forés
Lecturer Professor, Architect, Ph.D.

Barcelona School of Architecture. Barcelona TECH.

Alvar Aalto and Jean-Jacques Baruël