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Villa Carre is a villa designed by Alvar Aalto in 1957 and complete in 1960. This building built as private residence for Louis Carré, a French collector and gallery owner. The villa located at Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France, using painted brick and travertine stone(limestone from Souppes-sur-Loing) masonry and provide the modern style. In July 5, 1996, this villa classified as a historic monument in France and since summer 2007, it opens to the public.

Louis Carré ask Alvar Aalto few simple requirements when Aalto designed the villa. He asked a slate roof and also a living room which can be a place for his collections. Aalto also design the lighting for the rooms, makes Carré collections as the main item on the rooms.

“The house was built for Louis Carré, a well-known art-dealer. The brief called for a family house with hanging space for paintings, while avoiding the appearance of an art gallery. The architect was also required to design the internal details throughout, including furnishings, lamps, fabrics etc., and to plan and design the garden surrounding the house. The house stands at the top of a hill, and has extensive views all around. Internally, it was necessary to vary ceiling heights in order to provide both window and skylight illumination of areas of wall space. Each of the main rooms leads directly on to its own patio.” –Karl Fleig. Alvar Aalto. New York: Praeger Publishers.

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