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Alvar Aalto destinations

Aalto and the Post-war Rebuilding of Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi suffered badly in World War II, as approximately 90 percent of buildings in the town centre were destroyed in 1944. The rebuilding process started quickly after the tragedy, led by Alvar Aalto. Click to share…

Experiences: Lapland

Themes: Civic centers, Cultural buildings, Town plans

Espoo and Otaniemi Campus Area

Espoo, located west of Helsinki, is part of the Finnish capital region. Alvar Aalto’s most famous work in Espoo is the Otaniemi campus, now known as Aalto University. Originally known as Helsinki University of Technology, the campus was inspired by American college campuses and realised as their Finnish counterpart by…

Experiences: Helsinki surroundings, Urban Finland

Themes: Schools, Sports facilities, Town plans

Turku and the Office Building for Turun Sanomat Newspaper

Architect Alvar Aalto lived in Turku 1927 – 1933. This period saw the rise of a new era of architecture and furniture design. Aalto co-operated with Erik Bryggman, one of the earliest representatives of Finnish functionalist architecture, who had founded an office in Turku in early 1920s. The office for…

Experiences: Archipelago

Themes: Modernism

Säynätsalo Town Hall

The invitational competition for Säynätsalo Town Hall was held in 1949. Aalto won the competition with an entry marked ‘Curia’, and was immediately commissioned to prepare working drawings. Completed in 1952, the building is one of Aalto’s most admired designs.

Experiences: Art, Lakeland, Nature

Themes: Civic centers, Red brick

Paimio Sanatorium

The building completed in 1933 as Paimio Sanatorium was of key importance to the international career of architects Alvar and Aino Aalto. Together with Vyborg (Viipuri) Library, completed two years later, it gave the Aaltos an international profile. Finnish architecture was no longer merely the receiver of influences from outside.

Experiences: Cultural heritage, History, Nature

Themes: Aalto homes, Hospitals, Modernism

Muuratsalo Experimental house

Muuratsalo Experimental House, the summer home of Alvar and Elissa Aalto, is situated on the western shore of the island of Muuratsalo, on lake Päijänne. Within the grounds of the Experimental House are the house itself, a woodshed and a smoke sauna.

Experiences: Lakeland, Museums, Nature

Themes: Aalto homes, Red brick

Alvar Aalto Museum

To visit the Alvar Aalto Museum is not only to immerse yourself in the world of Aalto’s architecture, design and personal history but it is an architectonic experience of space and building at the same time. The museum’s main exhibition Alvar Aalto. Architect. presents Aalto’s extensive oeuvre and colourful personal history. In…

Experiences: History, Museums

Themes: Cultural buildings

Church of the Cross

On the old church site of Kolkanmäki rises the architecturally impressive tower of the Church of the Cross, built 1978. This vital element of the Lahti cityscape is a masterwork of Alvar Aalto, elegantly mirroring the city hall – located on the southern end of an axis crossing the market…

Experiences: Cultural heritage, Lakeland

Themes: Churches

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Rovaniemi Library photo Juho Kuva, City of Rovaniemi
Aalto and the Post-war Rebuilding of Rovaniemi
Rovaniemi suffered badly in World War II, as approximately 90 percent of buildings in the town centre were destroyed in 1944. The rebuilding process started quickly after the tragedy, led…

Experiences: Lapland

Otaniemi Library is full of natural light
Espoo and Otaniemi Campus Area
Espoo, located west of Helsinki, is part of the Finnish capital region. Alvar Aalto’s most famous work in Espoo is the Otaniemi campus, now known as Aalto University. Originally known…

Experiences: Helsinki surroundings, Urban Finland

Turku and the Office Building for Turun Sanomat Newspaper
Architect Alvar Aalto lived in Turku 1927 – 1933. This period saw the rise of a new era of architecture and furniture design. Aalto co-operated with Erik Bryggman, one of…

Experiences: Archipelago

Säynätsalo Town Hall. Photo Visit Jyväskylä, Tero Takalo-Eskola.
Säynätsalo Town Hall
The invitational competition for Säynätsalo Town Hall was held in 1949. Aalto won the competition with an entry marked ‘Curia’, and was immediately commissioned to prepare working drawings. Completed in…

Experiences: Art, Lakeland, Nature

Paimio Sanatorium in pinewoods photo Maija Holma Alvar Aalto Foundation
Paimio Sanatorium
The building completed in 1933 as Paimio Sanatorium was of key importance to the international career of architects Alvar and Aino Aalto. Together with Vyborg (Viipuri) Library, completed two years…

Experiences: Cultural heritage, History, Nature

Muuratsalo Experimental house
Muuratsalo Experimental House, the summer home of Alvar and Elissa Aalto, is situated on the western shore of the island of Muuratsalo, on lake Päijänne. Within the grounds of the…

Experiences: Lakeland, Museums, Nature

Alvar Aalto Museum
To visit the Alvar Aalto Museum is not only to immerse yourself in the world of Aalto’s architecture, design and personal history but it is an architectonic experience of space…

Experiences: History, Museums

Ristinkirkko The Church of Cross in Lahti
Church of the Cross
On the old church site of Kolkanmäki rises the architecturally impressive tower of the Church of the Cross, built 1978. This vital element of the Lahti cityscape is a masterwork…

Experiences: Cultural heritage, Lakeland

Varkaus Paper Mill photo Timo Heinonen
Varkaus – industrial history, Lake Saimaa waterways and caviar
Lake Saimaa waterways that extend to the city centre, a lush natural environment and many destinations offer holidaymakers many opportunities in the Varkaus region. Specialties include the city’s own caviar…

Experiences: Boat trip, Lakeland, Local products, Museums

Helsinki Finlandia Hall. Photo: Rune Snellman Alvar Aalto Museum
Finlandia Hall
Finlandia Hall was completed in Helsinki’s city centre in 1971 and the extra wing in 1975. The building was intended for congresses and concerts. The location of Finlandia Hall is…

Experiences: Archipelago, Food and herbs, Helsinki surroundings, Music, Urban Finland

Restaurant Savoy in Helsinki is famous not only for the menu but for the interior. Photo: Alvar Aalto Foundation.
Interior and Furnishing of the Savoy Restaurant
Aino and Alvar Aalto designed the interior of Savoy Restaurant, which occupies a commercial building in the centre of Helsinki. The restaurant’s furniture was commissioned from Artek. The Savoy has…

Experiences: Archipelago, Food and herbs, Furniture, Helsinki surroundings, Urban Finland

The Aalto House
The house at Riihitie 20 was completed as Aino and Alvar Aalto’s home and studio in 1936. Aalto’s architect’s office was in this building in Munkkiniemi until 1955. Nowadays, the…

Experiences: Helsinki surroundings, Museums

Studio Aalto
The studio was completed for use by Alvar Aalto’s architect’s office in 1955. The building is in Munkkiniemi in Helsinki, within walking distance of Aalto’s home. There are public guided…

Experiences: Helsinki surroundings, Museums

Enso Gutzeit Mill Directors' House in Summa Hamina photo Martti Kapanen
Summa Pulp Mill and Housing Area in Hamina
Hamina – military history, circular town plan and the Summa paper mill Hamina is a beautiful city, where the sights are within easy reach. The old city centre is based…

Experiences: Cultural heritage

Lake Tuusula scenery Järvenpää Visit Tuusulanjärvi
The artist community at Lake Tuusula and Villa Kokkonen in Järvenpää
A unique community of artists formed on the shores of Lake Tuusula in early 1900’s. Notable artists settled in the rural landscape and their works play an important role in…

Experiences: Furniture, Helsinki surroundings, Local products, Music, Nature

Tour at Aalto's Villa Kokkonen in Järvenpää, photo Mestart Oy
Alvar Aalto’s Villa Kokkonen
“Welcome to a visit to a home designed by Alvar Aalto, also introducing a valuable grand piano and concert room!” These welcoming words by the hosts capture the atmosphere of…

Experiences: Art, Furniture

Sunila house Runkola and pine trees in winter photo Rurik Wasastjerna
Sunila Sulphate Pulp Mill and Residential Area
The Sunila pulp mill and the adjoining residential area designed by Alvar Aalto are masterpieces of modern architecture. The pulp mill was said to be the most beautiful in the…

Experiences: Finnish Sauna, Furniture, Nature

Alajärvi Town Hall by Alvar Aalto
Alvar Aalto in Alajärvi
The city of Alajärvi in the Southern Ostrobothnia is located close to Alvar Aalto’s childhood hometown Kuortane. Aalto spent his childhood summers in Alajärvi and later had his own summer…

Experiences: Food and herbs, Furniture, Nature

Seinäjoki Town Hall and The Aalto Centre. Photo: Visit Seinäjoki, Katja Lösönen.
Alvar Aalto in Seinäjoki
As an architectural whole, the Administrative and Cultural Centre in Seinäjoki is unique on a global scale. Seinäjoki is also the location of the Defence Corps Building built in 1924-26,…

Experiences: Food and herbs, Furniture, Museums, Nature

Finlandia Hall in HelsFinlandia Hall in Helsinki photo Rune Snellman Alvar Aalto Foundationinki
Alvar Aalto in Helsinki
The maritime Helsinki is the biggest city in Finland and home for several buildings designed by Alvar Aalto. It also contains a wide range of other Finnish architecture from different…

Experiences: Art, Finnish Sauna, Food and herbs, Furniture, Nature

Industrial history and the Tampella Co. Housing Area in Inkeroinen
The River Kymijoki has shaped the history of the entire Kymenlaakso region and given rise to a number of cultural environments related to agriculture, industry, houses and built-up areas. Sawmills…

Experiences: Art, Furniture, Nature

Inkeroinen Tehtaanmäki Elementary School photo Maija Holma Alvar Aalto Foundation
Aalto sites in Kouvola
Alvar Aalto’s most prominent works in Kouvola are located in Inkeroinen within the area of the Ankkapurha Culture Park. The Tehtaanmäki Primary School is the only elementary school designed by…

Experiences: Art, Finnish Sauna, Furniture, Nature

Villa Mairea in Noormarkku photo Maija Holma Alvar Aalto Foundation
Ahlström’s Noormarkku Works in Pori
Ahlström’s Noormarkku Works area is one of the largest and most impressive old engineering works areas in Finland, with the visitors having an opportunity to absorb the atmosphere of bygone…

Experiences: Art, Finnish Sauna, Food and herbs, Furniture, Nature

Kauttua Ruukinpuisto Works in Eura
Kauttua Ruukinpuisto Works at Eura
The Terraced House at the Kauttua Works in Eura is a vivid example of the desire of the architect to integrate the building into the natural environment: the multi-storey residential…

Experiences: Art, Finnish Sauna, Food and herbs, Furniture, Nature

Alvar Aalto Campus area of Seminaarinmäki in Jyväskylä kuva Mikko Laitinen
Alvar Aalto in Jyväskylä
In Jyväskylä, the city of lakes and hills in the heart of the Finnish Lakeland, you’ll find the largest number of masterful buildings in the whole world designed by the…

Experiences: Art, Finnish Sauna, Food and herbs, Furniture, Nature

Kantola sea sauna and Sunila Pulp Mill in Kotka photo Rurik Wasastjerna
Mill Manager’s residence Kantola and beach Sauna in Sunila
Kantola was designed by Aalto as a home for the manager of the Pulp mill. The modern house was built in 1937 on the beautiful setting by the sea. Today…

Experiences: Archipelago, Finnish Sauna, Furniture, Helsinki surroundings, Sea

Villa Mairea living room peaceful atmosphere photo Johanna Kokkola
Villa Mairea
Located within the Noormarkku Works area, Villa Mairea was built in 1939 to serve as the home of Maire (née Ahlström) and Harry Gullichsen. The progressive couple were patrons of…

Experiences: Cultural heritage, Furniture

Erottaja
Erottaja Pavilion Emergency Shelter Entrance
Erottaja Pavilion is one of Helsinki’s earliest Aalto-designed buildings. This small building intended as an emergency-shelter entrance is close to Helsinki’s city centre. The Pavilion building is part of a…

Experiences: Helsinki surroundings

Helsinki Enso Gutzeit Headquarters photo Eino Mäkinen Alvar Aalto Foundation
Enso-Gutzeit Co. Headquarters
The Enso-Gutzeit Headquarters building was completed in the centre of Helsinki, in a prominent place in the Southern Harbour, in 1962. Now Stora Enso’s Headquarters, the building is one of…

Experiences: Archipelago, Helsinki surroundings

Rautatalo Office Building
The Rautatalo Office Building was completed in Helsinki’s city centre in 1955. The building got its name (‘Iron House’) from the federation of Finnish hardware dealers that commissioned it. The…

Experiences: Helsinki surroundings, Urban Finland

Culture House Helsinki photo Maija Holma Alvar Aalto Foundation
House of Culture
The House of Culture was completed in 1958 close to the centre of Helsinki. It was designed as a multi-purpose building for the Communist Party of Finland. Apart from the…

Experiences: Archipelago, Helsinki surroundings, Urban Finland