Considering Alvar Aalto’s radical and avant—garde reputation, as well as his professional disappointments and the hesitation with which he was received in Helsinki, one would have expected him to design a radical architectural statement in order to reinforce his progressive image. Yet, the humility, understatement, cosiness and relaxed atmosphere of the Aalto House are quite surprising. It clearly reveals his rejection of the ideological, conceptual and formal characteristics of orthodox modernism in favour of domestic comfort and sensuous pleasure. The design also reveals the unexpected maturity of the architect at 37 years of age. Instead of creating a strikingly formal and visual showpiece, the Aaltos chose to evoke images of deep—rooted tradition and the timeless pleasures of home. No doubt, at the time the house was built in its pastoral setting, it also exuded a utopian and Visionary ambience. Presumably it did not appear as humble and as it does in the middle of the wealth and materialism of today. The absence of a roof, the prime symbol of domesticity, as well as the image of the roof terrace, for example, must have evoked both wonder and suspicion.