The Aalto House, built in 1935, was the first home and studio of architect Alvar Aalto. The home and studio follows earlier works of Aalto's by combining modern forms and construction methods with humanist materials and textures. The house gives an austere facade to the street and cold northern winds. To the south, the house opens up with large expanses of glass to collect daylight and solar heat in the winter. Upon entry, the house divides into the separate home and studio functions. These spaces have the ability to rejoin in the rear of the house with a movable wooden partition. Before moving to a larger studio in 1956, some of Alvar Aalto's most famous works were completed here. Alvar Aalto continued to live in the house throughout his life.