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Aalto & Bryggman – the pioneering modernists

Location: Turku, Finland

Duration: 2 h

Sites: Turku and the Office Building for Turun Sanomat Newspaper

Available: All year

Accommodation: Not included

Transportation: Not included

Themes: Block of flats, Modernism, Office buildings

Explore the signature buildings of Turku’s modern architecture on foot and see the fascinating urban environment along the way.

Tour highlights:

  • Southwestern Finland Agricultural Cooperative Building
  • Office Building for Turun Sanomat Newspaper
  • Standard Apartment House
  • Buildings by Erik Bryggman

Architect Alvar Aalto resided in Turku between 1927 and 1933. During this time Turku played a significant role in the emergence of new architecture and furniture design. Your guide will introduce you to the exterior of three transitional works of Aalto’s functionalism: Southwestern Finland Agricultural Cooperative Building, Office Building for Turun Sanomat Newspaper as well as the Standard Apartment House.

Having established his own office here in Turku at the beginning of the 1920’s, Erik Bryggman was one of the earliest representatives of functionalism in Finnish architecture. Among others, the tour presents his Hotel Hospits, Atrium and Student Union buildings.

Southwestern Finland Agricultural Cooperative Building was the first building that Aalto designed to Turku. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation

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

This tour focuses on the modern touch by Aalto and Bryggman in the historical city of Turku, and shows you the emergence of the new style in Aalto's career.

Programme by day

Day 1: Walking tour in Turku

The tour takes you to the buildings of two pioneering architects, Alvar Aalto and Erik Bryggman. They mark the emerging change in Finnish urban environment. The buildings are seen from the outside.

You shall see the buildings Aalto designed when he lived in Turku: Southwest Finland Agricultural Cooperative Building, Turun Sanomat Building and Standard Apartment Building. From Erik Bryggman’s career are presented e.g. Hotel Hospits, Atrium and Student Union building.

Useful information

The programme can be adjusted according to needs of the group.

Sites included in this trip

Information on this trip

Good to know

  • The recommended group size is 15-25 persons.
  • The tours are available all year-round.
  • For an additional fee can the tour also be implemented as a sightseeing tour. The tour will be conducted from the group’s own coach. Bus transportation can be arranged on your behalf.
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Included

  • Prices include 2 hours of guidance.

Optional services

  • As an extra service coffee breaks during or dining during the tour, and a visit to Turku Main Library.
  • A visit to the Paimio Sanatorium designed by Alvar Aalto is available.
    The drive from Turku to Paimio takes about 30 minutes (27km) Duration in this case is 3,5-4 hours.
  • A visit to the St Henrik´s Ecumenical Art Chapel and to the Resurrection Chapel is available. Duration in this case is 3,5-4 hours.

Excluded

  • Any entrances or transport are not included.

Example price

  • Guidance 128 € per group on weekdays, 227 € on Sundays and public holidays, VAT included.
  • We follow the general terms and conditions for package tours. More detailed sales conditions are available on our website.
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Example price

  • Guidance 128 € per group on weekdays, 227 € on Sundays and public holidays, VAT included.
  • We follow the general terms and conditions for package tours. More detailed sales conditions are available on our website.
  • All rights reserved.
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