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 Alvar Aalto that is still in its original use.

The centre of Kouvola is also an interesting attraction to architecture enthusiasts. The administrative centre of Kouvola representing modernism is a nationally significant built cultural
environment catalogued by the National Board of Antiquities. The Town Hall of Kouvola (Bertel Saarnio, Juha Leiviskä, 1964 to 1968, 1969) is an outstanding work of modern architecture classified by the international DOCOMOMO organisation.

The renovated pedestrian street Manski with its shops and cafeterias beckons you to have a cup of coffee and a rest. Those craving for culture make their way to explore the high-standard exhibitions of the Kouvola Art Museum belonging to the Poikilo Museums, and the museum building flooded with light. If you are interested in Alvar Aalto’s production, also make sure to check the Kasarminmäki gateposts, which the young architect designed for the garrison area when he was doing his military service!

The buildings designed by Aalto in Tehtaanmäki, Inkeroinen date back to 1937 to 1956. These include the industrial buildings of the Anjala Paper Mill and the Tampella Co. Housing Area, including Rantalinja semi-detached houses, Tervalinja terraced houses, three engineering personnel houses and housing blocks for the workers of the mill. The area is complemented by the Tehtaanmäki Primary School finished in 1940 and the Karhunkangas housing area of single-family homes, where most of the residential buildings were completed in 1938. The town plan designed by Aalto in 1937 covered the entire centre of Inkeroinen, but only the Karhunkangas area and the area adjacent to the mill were ever implemented.

Kouvola, Inkeroinen; Insinööritalot, Mikko Merckling.
Insinöörilinjan talot olivat paperitehtaan johtajien käytössä. Kuva: Mikko Merckling
Alvar Aalto house for factory worker at Rantalinja in Inkeroinen Kouvola
Alvar Aalto house for factory worker at Rantalinja in Inkeroinen Kouvola
Café Makasiini in the heart of the River Kymijoki's industrial scenery
Café Makasiini in the heart of the River Kymijoki's industrial scenery
Restaurant Ankkapurhan Helmi serves a fresh lunch buffet
Restaurant Ankkapurhan Helmi serves a fresh lunch buffet

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Arriving to Kouvola

Kouvola is easily accessible by car and public transport. Fastest way from Helsinki to Kouvola is by train but Matkahuolto and Onnibus buses also operate daily between Helsinki and Kouvola.

From the Kouvola Travel Centre you can take a bus or train to reach the Aalto sites in Inkeroinen. The distance is approx. 23 kilometres. The timetables of the local bus traffic be found here. The tickets can be bought from the driver. Search for railway connections here. The train stop closest to the destination is Inkeroinen, which approx. 2 km away.

Read more about sights in Kouvola

The map and brochures are available at VisitKouvola

Guided tours

In the summer of 2019, the tourist guides in Kouvola arrange a walking tour of 1½ hours every Wednesday between 5th of June and 28th of August at 17.30 o’clock.

The tour starts at the address Mäntyrinne 1, Tehtaanmäki, Inkeroinen, and
finishes at the Church of Tehtaanmäki, which will be visited also inside.

During the Kouvola Housing Fair special tours are available between 13.7.-10.8.2019.

Further information on the walking tours is available from Visit Kouvola.
tel. +358 20 615 5295, weekdays 9.00 to 15.00 email: matkailu@kinno.fi