Alvar Aalto in Alajärvi – life and work

Cities: Alajärvi

Sites: Alvar Aalto in Alajärvi

Experiences: Art, Local products, Museums

2 days
Groups
Bus, On foot
Alvar Aalto spent many summers in Alajärvi in his childhood and later had a summer house of his own. For Aalto, Alajärvi represented leisure time with family and relatives in contrast to the hectic work at the office. Aalto called this small rural town his spiritual home.

Tour highlights:

  • Alajärvi Aalto centre
  • Landscapes dear to Aalto
  • Church by architect C.L. Engel
  • Villa Väinölä
  • Nelimarkka Museum

In the scenic Alajärvi one can see buildings from the long span of Aalto’s career, from the earliest assignments to the last of his office. At the Alajärvi Aalto Centre there are 11 locations, including the recently renovated Villa Väinölä, a home Aalto designed for his brother.

A guided tour takes you to the wooden church designed by the famous architect C.L. Engel. Aalto used to have a seat in the church loft in his youth. In the beautiful graveyard you can see e.g. war memorials designed by Alvar Aalto and the Aalto family grave.

The Aalto centre in Alajärvi consists of two municipal offices, the congregation house, Youth Association building, the municipal hospital, a health station, Villa Väinölä and the city library, which was finished by the architect studio of Aalto. In addition there are the three memorials and the summer house Villa Flora, that Aalto designed for him and his wife Aino Aalto. Today Villa Flora in private ownership.

An exhibition of the classic 1930s glass design of Alvar and Aino Aalto is on display in the lobby of the Alajärvi town hall.

The countryside was his retreat during the busy creative years with the assignments and architectural competitions. Alajärvi is located near to Aalto’s childhood home Kuortane, so the region played an important role in his life.

Alajärvi Town Hall by Alvar Aalto

Be inspired from art at Alajärvi

Alajärvi was a town dear to Aalto and he put his heart and soul into the local projects.

Programme by day

Day 1: Alajärvi Aalto centre and other sights

13.00 Arrival at Alajärvi and checking-in the Hotel & Restaurant Alvariini. All the rooms are decorated with light colours.

13.30 A lunch will be served at the winery Punainen Tupa in the afternoon. The guide will join the group and take you to the tour after lunch. Tour will be on foot or by group’s charter bus.

15.00-17.00 Guided tour. The Aalto centre in Alajärvi consists of two municipal offices, the congregation house, Youth Association building, the municipal hospital, a health station, Villa Väinölä and the city library, which was finished by the architect studio of Aalto. In addition there are the three memorials and the summer house Villa Flora, that Aalto designed for him and his wife Aino Aalto. Today Villa Flora in private ownership.

 

An exhibition of the classic 1930s glass design of Alvar and Aino Aalto is on display in the lobby of the Alajärvi town hall

The guided tour takes you to the wooden church (1836) designed by the famous architect C.L. Engel. Aalto used to have a seat in the church loft in his youth. In the beautiful graveyard you can see e.g. war memorials designed by Alvar Aalto and the Aalto family grave.

The last stop of the tour is Villa Väinölä. You will enjoy coffee and a piece of Väinö-cake and hear stories of the life of family Aalto in Alajärvi.

19.00 Dinner is served at Hotel restaurant Alvariini – with an Aalto menu a la Alvariini.

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Useful information

Possibilities for local shopping! You can shop at the local winery Punainen Tupa. Their wine products, like Alvariini, are made of different kinds of berries or birch sap. The winery is situated in the rustic landscape among lush birches, only c. 5 kilometres from the Alajärvi centre.

Nelimarkka Museum shop products available also at Villa Väinölä.

For further information:

Hotel & Restaurant Alvariini

Alajärvi Aalto centre in Finnish

Winery Punainen Tupa in Finnish

8.30-10.00 Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.

10.15 Self-guided walking tour along the Art Route of sculptor Antti Maasalo’s art. Several sculptures by Maasalo are part of the Alajärvi townscape. You can find them e.g. in traffic circles.

11.00-12.15 Visit in Nelimarkka Museum with coffee&cake. The Nelimarkka Museum in Alajärvi was founded by the painter and professor Eero Nelimarkka (1891-1977) in 1964. The building was designed by his friend, the architect Hilding Ekelund. Since 1995 it has functioned as the Regional Art Museum of Southern Ostrobothnia. It focuses on displaying regional ostrobothnian art but art education also plays an important role. Coffee and cake is served in the light atmosphere of Café de Nelimarkka.

Then you are free to head home or elsewhere in Finland to see some other interesting Aalto destinations!

Useful information

The museum shop at Nelimarkka Museum offers local products and handicrafts.

For further information:

Nelimarkka Museum

Antti Maasalo in Finnish

Tour on the map

Sites included in this trip

Alajärvi Villa Väinölä, the house for the brother, is restored and open for public

Alvar Aalto in Alajärvi

Alajärvi

The city of Alajärvi in the Southern Ostrobothnia is located close to Alvar Aalto’s childhood hometown Kuortane. Aalto spent his childhood summers in Alajärvi and later had his own summer house there up to 1940s. For him Alajärvi represented leisure time with family and relatives in contrast to the hectic…

Information on this trip

Good to know

Transport is not included in the price. It is recommended, that the group arrives with their charter bus, that can take care of all the transitions during the tour.

The trip includes some walking and stairs. Suitable for persons with average health. Not entirely barrier-free.

Minimum group size is 10 persons.

Included

  • Accommodation for 1 night at the Hotel Alvariini in a double room.
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 1 x lunch at the winery Punainen Tupa
  • 1 x dinner in Hotel Alvariini
  • 2 x coffee and cake at Nelimarkka and Villa Väinölä
  • Entrance to Nelimarkka Museum
  • Guided tours at Alajärvi Aalto centre and Nelimarkka Museum

Optional services

As an additional service:

  • Accommodation in single room
  • Lunch at Hotel Alvariini restaurant
  • Visit to the studio of artist Antti Maasalo, by appointment
  • Visit to the studio of folk artist Tapio Autio, by appointment

Excluded

Transportations.

Example price 230 € / person

The price 230 € has been estimated for group of 10 persons with accommodation in double room. VAT included.

The availability of the services and the prices are revised and confirmed according to the time of travel when responding to a customer enquiry. The programme is tentative and can be adjusted according to customer’s needs.

We follow the general terms and conditions for package tours.

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Inquiries and bookings

Example price 230 € / person

The price 230 € has been estimated for group of 10 persons with accommodation in double room. VAT included.

The availability of the services and the prices are revised and confirmed according to the time of travel when responding to a customer enquiry. The programme is tentative and can be adjusted according to customer’s needs.

We follow the general terms and conditions for package tours.

All rights reserved.

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