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Critics of Aalto. for instance, have likes him mostly for his sensitivity to natural materials and his fine detailing, and have considered his whole composition willful picturesqueness. I do not consider Aalto's Imatra church oicturesque. By repeating in the massing the genuine complexity of the triple-divided plan and the acoustical ceiling pattern, this church represents a justifiable expressionism different from the willful picturesqueness of the haphazard structure and spaces of Giovanni Michelucci's recent church for the Autostrada. Aalto's complexity is part of the program and structure of the whole rather than a device justified only by the desire for expression.
Robert Venturi, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966), p. 26.




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