260. Vyborg. The Central Library building 1927-35

Dear Mark

"When I designed the Viipuri City Library (and
I had plenty of time, a whole five years), I spent
long periods getting my range, as it were, with naive
drawings. I drew all kinds of fantastic mountain
landscapes, with slopes lit by many suns in different
positions, which gradually gave rise to the main idea
of the building. The architectural framework of the
library comprises several reading and lending areas
stepped at different levels, with the administrative
and supervisory centre at the peak. My childlike
drawings were only indirectly linked with architectural
thinking, but they eventually led to an interweaving of
the section and ground plan, and to a kind of unity of
horizontal and vertical construction."
(Alvar Aalto, "The Trout and the Stream", 1947)


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