Address: Asematie 6, 10600 Raasepori, Finland Open Google map
Entrance fee: Free entry
Tours: includes a brief introduction to the interesting history of the Ekenäs Savings Bank building.
Themes: Office buildings, Restaurants
Website: Visit Raseborg
Monday - Friday 10:00 – 16.30
Saturday - Sunday closed
Piazza-restaurant is open during the week
Monday - Friday 11:00 – 15:00
Weekends upon request
Alvar Aalto was chosen to design Ekenäs Savings Bank in 1962. The bank is located right in the center of Ekenäs town, within Raseborg city. From the market place of Ekenäs, the bank appears to be a two-storey building, but actually it has three stories altogether. The impressive marble façade, opening to the side of the market place of Ekenäs, is similar in style to the Enso-Gutzeit main building in Katajanokka, Helsinki. The other facades of the building are slammed brick. Alvar Aalto was given complete freedom in the design process; most of the interior spaces and furnishings are also his creation.
Construction began officially in the summer of 1967, and was completed in November of the same year with the roofing, followed by celebrations. The first tenants of the building gradually moved in as early as February 1968, while the bank’s operations did not move into the premises until March 1969. In 1967, the name competition for the new bank building was also announced, won by the Ekecenter – Tammikeskus. The official inauguration of the bank building was held on the 110th anniversary of the Savings Bank in August 1969. Drawings for the second phase of Aalto’s project were published in 1976. Extension work was completed in 1986 under supervision of architect Sverker Gardberg.
Ekenäs Savings Bank still operates in the building. The bank hall is located on the ground floor and a lunch restaurant called Piazza is located on the third floor of the building. The building has included restaurant services since 1968
Aalto also designed a restaurant to the upper floor of the bank building. Nowadays restaurant Piazza, with interiors inspired by Aalto, welcomes lunch goers
Restaurant Piazza also offers, upon request, a special Bank Manager menu, alongside a brief introduction to the interesting history of the building.
The Bank Manager’s menu includes:
- Appetizer served to tables (mushroom soup served in a cup)
- Main course from the buffet (fish, vegetable or meat option)
- Desserts served to tables (small treat)
The Bank Manager’s menu features high-quality, locally produced ingredients and includes favourite delicacies selected by the current Bank Manager at the Ekenäs Savings Bank. The price for the dinner is € 35 per person. The Piazza is also suitable for groups (a minimum of 10 people) throughout the year, from 4 pm to 8 pm on weekdays or at weekends, and also during lunch time.
In addition to the dining experience, you can also have a guided tour of the old town of Ekenäs. Guided tours can be ordered in Finnish, Swedish and English. Another design by Alvar Aalto, Villa Skeppet, is located within walking distance from the old town. Villa Skeppet will open to the public in December 2020.
Inquiries and reservations to the Piazza restaurant are handled by Päivi Purontaus, tel +358 50 387 1277, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The impressive marble façade of the Ekenäs Savings Bank opens to the side of the market place of Ekenäs, which is similar in style to the Enso-Gutzeit main building in Katajanokka, Helsinki. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation
Alvar Aalto was given complete freedom to design the interiors and exteriors of the building. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation
Ekenäs Savings Bank still operates in the building. The bank hall is located on the ground floor and a lunch restaurant called Piazza is located on the third floor of the building. Restaurant Piazza also offers, upon request, a special Bank Manager menu, alongside a brief introduction to the interesting history of the building.
Destination on the map
1. Ekenäs Savings Bank
Information for visitors
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Arriving to Ekenäs
Ekenäs (Tammisaari in Finnish) is located approximately 90 kilometres from Helsinki, within Raseborg city. From Helsinki to Ekenäs there is train and bus connections available. With a private car from Helsinki to Ekenäs, the travel time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Ekenäs Savings bank is located right in the centre of Ekenäs, at Asematie 6. Walking distance from the station to the bank is approximately 400 meters. Taxi service in Ekenäs tel +358 100 3344.
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