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 the newspaper Turun Sanomat is an Aalto-designed office building located in city centre, constructed in 1928-29. Turku region is also home to furniture factory Korhonen, the traditional manufacturer of Artek furniture.

The Office Building for Turun Sanomat Newspaper, along with Aalto’s other works, Southwestern Finland Agricultural Cooperative Building and the Standard Apartment House, are included in the listing of Built Cultural Environments of National Importance. The international Docomomo organization also includes these sites in its list of iconic 1920s-1970s Finnish modernist sites.

The Office Building for Turun Sanomat Newspaper was one of the first functionalist buildings in Finland. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation

At the street level of the Standard Apartment House building were shops and on the upper floors were apartments. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation

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Southwestern Finland Agricultural Cooperative Building was the first building that Aalto designed to Turku. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation
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Photo: Gustaf Welin, Alvar Aalto -museum
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The Office Building for Turun Sanomat Newspaper had originally a two-storey-high display window. Photo: Alvar Aalto museum
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Destination on the map

1. Turku and the Office Building for Turun Sanomat Newspaper

Information for visitors

Good to know

Arriving to Turku

Distance between Helsinki and Turku is approximately 160 kilometres. You can reach Turku either with a train, Matkahuolto and Onnibus buses or with your car. Aalto buildings are viewable from the outside. The Office Building for Turun Sanomat Newspaper is located on Kauppiaskatu 5. Southwestern Finland Agricultural Cooperative Building is located on Puutarhakatu 8. The Standard Apartment House is located on Läntinen Pitkäkatu 20.

Read more about other sights in Turku. 

Read more about Erik Bryggman’s works in Turku

Please note that you can purchase publications about Alvar Aalto’s architecture in Turku from Alvar Aalto web shop!