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Maison Carré in Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France (1956-1959), designed by Alvar Aalto, merges house and gallery in an elegantly inflected Modern masterwork. Photo: © Jari Jetsonen
MAISON CARRÉ BY ALVAR AALTO
by Jari Jetsonen and Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen
Maison Carré in Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France, is
a private house by Alvar Aalto which is to a major
extent stamped by the owner being an art collector: one
could say that it is at the same time a private palais
and a gallery.
"In accordance with the wishes of the owner, the
main principle is that family life and art are not
separated one from the other; the tendency is the
reverse, a very intimate connection between them
The above excerpt could be describing the Villa Mairea
(1937-1939), but in fact it is how Aalto presented the
Maison Carré (1956-1959) in Arkkitehti, a Finnish
architectural journal, in 1961.
A series of coincidences had brought the French
gallerist and art collector Louis Carré and the
Finnish architect together. Carré first opened
his Paris gallery in the late 1930s, which would become
increasingly notable with exhibitions of Henri Matisse,
Raoul Dufy, Fernand Léger, Alexander Calder, and
Pablo Picasso during and after World War II.
In the early 1950s, when the art collector decided to
build a modern home in the countryside west of Paris, he
discussed the question of the future architect with
Léger and Calder, who both knew Aalto and
A Swedish art dealer friend gave Carré the same
advice, so he contacted the architect in 1955. The
project finally started a year later, after the two had
met in Venice and found "a mutual understanding
beginning at the diner at Hotel Danieli — with a
view on the Grand Canal."
in Revit Architecture 2012, the Paint tool functions in perspective view mode, which allows users to change an element's material properties and immediately see the rendered result. Image: AECbytes
Revit Architecture 2012: Part 2
by Lachmi Khemlani
This software review takes a detailed look at Revit
Architecture 2012, released in March 2011, to see how
much progress it has made since the last two releases.
The two-part review concludes here with an exploration
of improvements to worksharing, visualization and
rendering tools, and other tools and changes, along with
an overall analysis of the 2012 release. —Editor
Collaboration Improvements: Worksharing and Vault
Revit Architecture 2012 finally includes some major improvements to its worksharing module, the limitations of which were brought into sharper focus by the revamped Teamwork module that had been introduced in Graphisoft's ArchiCAD 13 close to two years ago with a color-coded workspace and a flexible element reservation system.
Revit has also introduced color-coding to provide greater visibility into element ownership and status to better manage team workflows. When worksharing is enabled on a project, a new Worksharing Display Settings dialog is available, which allows different color settings for four different aspects of worksets: checkout status of elements, the specific owners of elements, elements that are out of date with the central model or have been deleted in the central model, and which elements are assigned to particular worksets. For example, activating the last Worksets option enables you to ensure that elements are being created in the right workset, as they will be displayed in the colors assigned to the different worksets.
Other worksharing improvements include balloon notifications that are displayed when editing requests are placed, granted, and denied — they also show the elements involved, enabling team communication to be faster and more efficient. There is a new option in the general Options dialog where you can specify the frequency of updates between the local copy and the central model. There is also the option to disable worksharing and detach the project from the central file, which could not be done directly in previous versions of Revit.
Autodesk has also re-engineered its Vault application, traditionally used in MCAD, for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC). This is part of a broader Autodesk initiative called BIM 360 to support collaboration and data management in AEC.
For a regional government headquarters facility in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec, Brière, Gilbert + Associés designed a new wing with commanding views of the St. Lawrence River. Photo: BGA/ Courtesy v2com.biz
People and Places
by David Owen
Brière, Gilbert + Associés Architectes in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Canada Lord, Aeck & Sargent in Atlanta, Georgia Dewberry in Stillwater, Oklahoma Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in Tacoma, Washington Acton Ostry Architects in Vancouver, Canada
Brière, Gilbert + Associés Architectes of Montreal and Quebec City designed the recent refurbishment and expansion of a former boy's school (1851) in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada, to house the headquarters for the Conférence Régional des Élus de la Vallée-du-Haut-St-Laurent (CRÉVHSL), the area's regional conference of elected officials. After extensive renovation of both the interior and exterior of the stone-clad historic building, it now houses several offices and the main reception functions of the headquarters.
A new three-story addition is connected to the original building by a glass-clad atrium that serves as the main entry and circulation space for the facility. A double-height board room occupies the upper two floors of the addition, while a staff lounge comprises the recessed ground floor. Built with a timber-frame structural system, the addition is clad primarily in glass. The main exception is the cantilevered board-room volume, whose upper half is clad in a wood rain screen, while the cladding of the lower half comprises an outer layer of glazing separated by an air space from an inner layer of composite wood panels.
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