Calendar

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Monday

21. 9.

Tuesday

22. 9.

Wednesday

23. 9.

Thursday

24. 9.

Friday

25. 9.

Saturday

26. 9.

Sunday

27. 9.

Monday

28. 9.

Tuesday

29. 9.

Wednesday

30. 9.

Thursday

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Sunday

Aalto was contacted in autumn 1956 by the well-known French art dealer Louis Carré and his wife, who wished to build a villa of the highest artistic quality and material comfort on a large plot Carré had acquired near the village of Bazoches, with a sweeping view of a history-rich landscape that merges with the Forêt de Rambouillet. In addition to the architecture, Aalto was to be responsible for the furnishings – as exclusively designed as possible – and for the landscaping of the whole plot with terraces and plantings.

Designed in

1956-59, 1961-63

Location

Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France

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Sketches. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Museum

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Maison Louis Carré garden. Photo: Heikki Havas, Alvar Aalto Museum

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West elevation. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Museum

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The main entrance. Photo: Martti Kapanen, Alvar Aalto Museum

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Ground floor plan. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Museum

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An art gallery-style partition wall separates the public and private spaces of the house. Photo: Heikki Havas, Alvar Aalto Museum

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Section. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Museum

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Entrance hall flows down towards the living room, echoing the landscape. Photo: Heikki Havas, Alvar Aalto Museum

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Unique variations of Aalto' s standard furniture were designed for the house. Photo: Heikki Havas, Alvar Aalto Museum

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The fireplace serves as the focal point of the living room. Photo: Martti Kapanen, Alvar Aalto Museum

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The unique dining room lamps are a variation of Aalto´s beloved 'golden bell' lamp (A 330). Photo: Martti Kapanen, Alvar Aalto Museum

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Backyard amphitheatre. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum

Guided tours

Open from March to November. Guided tours are in English/French.

Advance booking required: resa@maisonlouiscarre.fr

Photo: Heikki Havas, Alvar Aalto Museum

More information

The house is open for public during limited opening hours.

See www.maisonlouiscarre.fr for details or contact resa@maisonlouiscarre.fr

Photo: Martti Kapanen, Alvar Aalto Museum