Finnish Design, Architecture and Handicraft in Seinäjoki

Cities: Seinäjoki

Sites: Alvar Aalto in Seinäjoki, Seinäjoki Aalto Centre, Cross of the Plains Church

Experiences: Art, Food and herbs, History, Local products, Museums

2 days
Groups, Individuals
Publics and car, Train
Discover Seinäjoki through its architecture, design and handicraft! Receive unforgettable experience of magic immersion to the world of true Finnish lifestyle, architecture traditions of the domestic and world levels, local handicrafts and modern unique design.

Top highlights:

  • Aalto Centre Seinäjoki
  • Cross of the Plains Church
  • Designer, ceramic artist Päivi Rintaniemi, has created beautiful and unique collection of tableware and design ceramics.
  • Kaarakka Handicrafts House.
  • You will also participate in a course and make your own craft.

When you are planning your trip to the North or West part of Finland, don’t forget about the stopover in Seinäjoki. Why? Because your trip will be more bright, rich and interesting. Short visit to Seinäjoki with spending the night – is a wonderful possibility to receive exclusive cultural and aesthetic relax.

You will admire an internationally unique architectural complex – Seinäjoki Aalto Centre, designed by Finnish world-famous architect Alvar Aalto, where is an extraordinary building like the Cross of the Plains Church. In addition, you will see the museum building of Civil Guard and Lotta Svärd represented the architectural design from Aalto’s youth.

Crafts are important for Finnish people and are highly valued as the expression of the identity. You will get acquainted with Finnish handicraft and make your own craft in Kaarakka Handicraft House, which shows contemporary works of local designers that carry the explicit imprint of the tradition.

Finnish design has received worldwide recognition. You will discover beauty and uniqueness of Scandinavian design in the Amfora’s boutique, which produce high quality ceramic products for both everyday life and special moments. Amfora’s products have been noticed in different food cultures all over the world.

Amfora artist Päivi Rintaniemi shows how to craft ceramics

Renovated Aalto Library in Seinäjoki photo Katja Lösönen

You will get acquainted with Finnish handicraft and make your own craft in Kaarakka Handicraft House, which shows contemporary works of local designers that carry the explicit imprint of the tradition.
Seinäjoki Town Hall entrance hall at The Aalto Centre.
Seinäjoki Town Hall entrance hall at The Aalto Centre.
Summer life at Seinäjoki
Summer life at Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki pläkkilyhdyt
Finnish craftsmen design from Seinäjoki in Rustoopuori shop
Renovated Aalto Library in Seinäjoki photo Katja Lösönen
Renovated Aalto Library in Seinäjoki photo Katja Lösönen
Seinäjoki Rustoopuori myymälä hylly
Finnish craftsmen design from Seinäjoki in Rustoopuori shop
Summery atmosphere in Seinäjoki
Summery atmosphere in Seinäjoki

Programme by day

Day 1: Finnish Design, Architecture and Handicraft

Arrival to Seinäjoki by train or bus. We recommend to take a morning train or bus to Seinäjoki. Program schedule depends on the arrival time of the guest.

Your accommodation place is another unique piece of culture and history of Seinäjoki. Hotel-Restaurant Alma operates in the restored Railway House (Rautatieläisten talo) and offers stylish and atmospheric accommodation. You will enjoy your lunch or dinner and breakfast in the fabulous dining hall – the historical banquet hall of railroad workers, which has been turned into a space dedicated for culinary pleasures.

By guided walking tour you will explore the Aalto Centre Seinäjoki with professional guide. The unique complex of 6 buildings includes Cross of the Plains Church 1957-60 and Parish Centre 1965-1966, City Hall 1961-1962 and Municipal library 1964-1965, Government Office building 1966-1968 and City Theatre 1986-1987. Seinäjoki is also home to the The Defence Corps building, now museum, built in 1924-1926. Stylistically it represents Nordic Classicism. Today it is one of the rare building from Aalto’s early career that has retained well near its original appearance. It has been renovated since the 1980’ as close to original plans as possible.

Finnish aesthetic is dynamic, but also earthly and practical. This is shown in all types of Finnish applied art, from woodworking to manufacture of textiles. You will explore local handicraft culture in the Kaarakka Handicrafts House, where is a wide range of Ostrobothnian handicrafts. You will also participate in a course and make your own craft. There is also the Taito Shop where you can buy more materials for crafts, a pleasing gifts and souvenirs. The range of items has been built around the production of Finnish and especially local craftsmen.

Breakfast. Check-out.

Beauty, joy and functionality of Finnish design will be discovered in the Amfora’s boutique, which is a Finnish design company producing high quality ceramic products for both everyday life and special moments. Amfora´s roots are deep in artist´s studio. Designer, ceramic artist Päivi Rintaniemi, has created beautiful and unique collection of tableware and design ceramics. Her interest is based in everyday life aesthetic and functionality. Rintaniemi is the Premio Faenza °58 main prize winner and her incomparable ceramic sculptures has been exhibited around the world. Currently you can find her art in Finland, Italy and Germany.

Useful information

Departure from Seinäjoki by train or bus.

Sites included in this trip

Seinäjoki Town Hall. Photo: Visit Seinäjoki, Katja Lösönen.

Alvar Aalto in Seinäjoki

Seinäjoki

As an architectural whole, the Administrative and Cultural Centre in Seinäjoki is unique on a global scale. Seinäjoki is also the location of the Defence Corps Building built in 1924-26, one of the rare works from Aalto’s youth. The Administrative and Cultural Centre consists of six buildings and the Civic…

Seinäjoki Town Hall. Photo: Visit Seinäjoki, Katja Lösönen.

Seinäjoki Aalto Centre

Seinäjoki

City Hall and Government offices are under renovation until the end of 2018.

The following pages present in chronological order all of the buildings Alvar Aalto has designed in Seinäjoki, starting with the Defence Corps building from the 1920s and ending with the entity of administrative and cultural buildings, the Aalto Centre, which were mainly built in the 1960s.

Seinäjoki Town Hall. Photo: Visit Seinäjoki, Katja Lösönen.

Cross of the Plains Church

Seinäjoki

In 1950-52, Alvar Aalto participated in an architecture competition with his design entry having the working title “Cross Of The Plains”. This is now the first building of Seinäjoki’s administrative and cultural centre. The hall of the church is in the shape of a cathedral. The ceiling narrows and lowers gradually toward the choir, and the floor slanting toward the altar give the churchgoer an impressive view and feeling. There are 1 200 seats in the hall and 124 up in the organ gallery.

Information on this trip

Good to know

Arrival to Seinäjoki by train or bus. We recommend to take a morning train or bus to Seinäjoki.

There are several train and bus connections daily. For example, the fastest train connection takes you from Helsinki to Seinäjoki in only 2 hours 40 minutes.

Alma is located in the centre of Seinäjoki with good access to the railway station and the bus terminal. The Aalto Centre, which displays some of famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto’s most important works, is in a walking distance from the hotel.

Included

  • one-night accommodation in a double room in the Hotel-Restaurant Alma (inc. breakfast)
  • lunch or dinner in the Hotel-Restaurant Alma
  • private guided walking tour (1,5h) in the Seinäjoki Aalto Centre (ENG, JAP)
  • visit to the Amfora boutique with time for shopping possibility (ENG)
  • presentation of the Kaarakka Handicrafts House with time for handicraft course (ENG) and shopping possibility

Optional services

  • bicycle rent
  • extra nights

Example price 385 € / person

385 € per person, minimum 2 persons.

We hold the right to make adjustments and ask you to kindly reconfirm the specific itinerary and pricing directly with the tour provider. www.epmatkailu.fi

Inquiries and bookings

Example price 385 € / person

385 € per person, minimum 2 persons.

We hold the right to make adjustments and ask you to kindly reconfirm the specific itinerary and pricing directly with the tour provider. www.epmatkailu.fi

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