Muuratsalo Experimental House (Säynätsalo, Finland: 1953)

An island home that served as Aalto’s workspace and proving ground for decades, the L-shaped structure is in a clearing surrounded by boulders and stones are covered with moss, bilberry and lingonberry bushes. Aaltos played with and experimented with ceramics, solar heating and bricks (note the patchwork facade of different brick on the main structure).

(Credit: © Alvar Aalto Museum / Maija Holma)  Photo 4 of 11 in Design Icon: 10 Buildings By Alvar Aalto