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April 26: Southern Finland tour – Muuratsalo 1

We had special permission to tour the grounds of Aalto's getaway house nearby in Muuratsalo, built in 1953. Muuratsalo is another island, directly south of Säynätsalo.

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Up by the road above.

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The path is boardwalked for a ways due to wet ground.

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A first look at the house.

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The front door.

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The way into the courtyard.

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The house is called the Experimental House because Aalto et al. used its surfaces for a bunch of cool masonry experiments, as see here.

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An Aaltoid wave out of brick.

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More experiments.

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And more, with a weird old chimney lurking beyond.

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The Mortar Variations

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Hairvine.

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Bird poop? Seedhead fibers? Not sure anymore.

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Some textures.

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Nice patio variations as well.

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A view of the house from the lake side, with the courtyard at right.

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Promontory.

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Old ice.

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A glimpse of the house back along the ridge.

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Watermarks.

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Down to the side dock area.

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Let's go skating!

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The sauna crouches in wait behind the birches.

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Another rock ridge.

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On the way to the sauna, still patiently waiting.

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The sauna, which ingeniously uses the accumulated natural taper of the side logs to attain its roof slope.

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The sauna's cool-off dip spot, probably.

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Sauna front porch.

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TWYSTED METAL

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Do I spy another butterfly/spider/whatever truss like at the Town Hall?