Alvar Aalto Quotes

The very essence of architecture consists of a variety and development reminiscent of natural organic life. This is the only true style in architecture.

Life Quotes, Variety Quotes

Building art is a synthesis of life in materialised form. We should try to bring in under the same hat not a splintered way of thinking, but all in harmony together.

Life Quotes, Art Quotes, Harmony Quotes, Material Quotes, Thinking Quotes

God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is, at least for me, an abuse of paper.

Purpose Quotes

 

Nothing is as dangerous in architecture as dealing with separated problems. If we split life into separated problems we split the possibilities to make good building art.

Life Quotes, Anger Quotes, Problems Quotes

We have almost a city has probably two or three hundred committees. Every committee is dealing with just one problem and has nothing to do with the other problems.

Problems Quotes

The most difficult problems are naturally not involved in the search for forms for contemporary life. It is a question of working our way to forms behind which real human values lie.

Life Quotes, Values Quotes, Work Quotes, Problems Quotes

Form must have a content, and that content must be linked with nature.

Nature Quotes

The best standardisation committee in the world is nature herself, but in nature standardisation occurs mainly in connection with the smallest possible units: cells. The result is millions of flexible combinations in which one never encounters the stereotyped.

Nature Quotes

Human life is a combination of tragedy and comedy. The shapes and designs that surround us are the music accompanying this tragedy and this comedy.

Life Quotes, Company Quotes, Music Quotes

Just as it takes time for a speck of fish spawn to develop into a fully grown fish, so, too, we need time for everything that develops and crystallizes in the world of ideas. Architecture demands more of this time than other creative work.

Time Quotes, Work Quotes, Ideas Quotes

We should work for simple, good, undecorated things, but things which are in harmony with the human being and organically suited to the little man in the street.

Work Quotes, Harmony Quotes

Even the smallest daily chore can be humanized with the harmony of culture.

Harmony Quotes

Architecture belongs to culture, not to civilization.

Civilization Quotes

We should concentrate our work not only to a separated housing problem but housing involved in our daily work and all the other functions of the city.

Work Quotes

Our time is so specialised that we have people who know more and more or less and less.

Time Quotes

The ultimate goal of the architect...is to create a paradise. Every house, every product of architecture... should be a fruit of our endeavour to build an earthly paradise for people.

Goal Quotes