City: Asematie 6, 10600 Raasepori, Suomi Open Google map
Entrance fee: Free entry
Tours: Self-guided Bank Manager's menu at the Piazza-restaurant includes a brief introduction to the interesting history of the bank building.
Themes: Office buildings, Restaurants
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 in 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 opens to the side of the market place of Ekenäs, which 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 to design the interiors and exteriors of the building. Most of the interiors of the building are also designed by Aalto.
Construction began officially in the summer of 1967, and the celebration of roofing was held in November of that year. The first tenants of the building gradually moved into the building as early as February 1968, while the bank’s operations did not move into the building until March 1969. In 1967, the name competition for the new bank building was also announced. The winner of the competition was 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 next phase of the Aalto plan were published in 1976. Extension work was completed in 1986 under supervision of architect Sverker Gardberg.
Ekenäs Savings Bank still has its operations in the building. The bank hall is located on the ground floor and a lunch restaurant called Piazza is located on the the third floor of the building. The building has had restaurant services since 1968.
Aalto also designed a restaurant to the upper floor of the bank building. Nowadays restaurant Piazza, which interiors are inspired by Aalto, welcomes lunch goers during the weekdays from 11 am to 3 pm. Upon request, the restaurant can also host during weekends.
Restaurant Piazza also offers, upon request, a special Bank Manager menu, alongside with 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 has high-quality, locally produced ingredients and includes favourite delicacies of 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 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 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: Kjell Svenskberg
Aalto also designed a restaurant to the upper floor of the bank building. Restaurant Piazza, which interiors are also inspired by Aalto, welcomes lunch goers during the weekdays from 11 am to 3 pm. Photo: Kjell Svenskberg
Savings Bank of Ekenäs still operates in the building. The service hall is located on the ground floor and a lunch restaurant Piazza on the third floor. Restaurant Piazza also offers, upon request, a special Bank Manager menu, alongside with a brief introduction to the interesting history of the building.
Destination on the map
1. Ekenäs Savings Bank
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Good to know
Arriving to Ekenäs
Ekenäs (Tammisaari in Finnish) is located approximately 90 kilometres from Helsinki, in Raseborg city. From Helsinki to Ekenäs there is good train and bus connection. 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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