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Finnish Modernism's 10 must-sees 72 hours in Finland The Charm of Old Helsinki 24 hours in Helsinki 6 Steps to be Happy Like a Finn 5 Unique restaurants in Lapland – from budget to fine dining Alvar Aalto Museum The Alvar Aalto Museum is located on a slope by Lake Jyväsjärvi, next to the University of Jyväskylä and the Museum of Central Finland. The first plans for the museum building were completed in 1970 and Aalto finalised his designs in 1973. The area of the museum had to be reduced because of limited financial resources. The highest part of the hall has slatted pine panels on the walls, resembling the wall structure of Finland’s pavilion at the New York World Fair, designed by Aalto in 1939. All furniture in the museum is designed by Aalto. For a long time, the museum specialised in architecture and visual arts. Today, it focuses on fostering the heritage of Alvar Aalto. Säynätsalo town hall Constructed between 1949 and 1952, Säynätsalo Town Hall is among Alvar Aalto’s most significant works. It holds a special status in the history of twentieth-century architecture. This unique building attracted attention even at the construction stage. Since completion, the building has attracted visitors from all over the world: groups of students and architects as well as individual visitors. University of Jyväskylä Alvar Aalto designed the Jyväskylä College of Education, nowadays the University of Jyväskylä, as an addition to the campus area, following an invited competition held in 1951. Aalto was already familiar with the varied terrain of the lake-side town from his childhood and school years. Jyväskylä workers’ club The conference and theatre building of the Jyväskylä workers’ association is the first significant public building designed by Aalto. The theatre hall on the second floor rests on the Tuscan columns of the open-plan ground floor. The restaurant and cafe facilities on the ground floor have been completely remodelled. The rest of the building was restored in 1983, and the facades were renovated in 1998. The building is a masterpiece from Aalto’s classicist period. Muuratsalo experimental house Alvar Aalto’s summer residence – also known as Muuratsalo Experimental House – is located on an island five kilometres from Säynätsalo Town Hall. Its courtyard is enclosed by two residential wings and a brick wall. In the south, the brick wall has an opening with a view of Lake Päijänne. The guest room wing and woodshed are located behind the main building, in line with a slope of rock. When designing Muuratsalo Experimental House, Aalto experimented with various materials, techniques, forms and dimensions. He also intended to try solar heating. Muurame Church Alvar Aalto designed seven church renovations in the 1920s. Of these, only the design for Muurame Church was implemented. According to Aalto, a church should reflect a love for beauty, harmony and purity of forms – each work of architecture is an attempt to build a paradise on earth. For Aalto, Italy and the Mediterranean area represented harmony. He sought solutions that created balance, well-being and health. Lakeuden Risti In 1951, Aalto entered an architectural competition organised by the town of Seinäjoki in search of an architect to design a church for the small but rapidly evolving market town. The competition jury chose Aalto’s submission titled “Lakeuksien Risti”. Seinäjoki City Hall The dark blue ceramic tiles on the City Hall’s facade glimmer and change their appearance in different light conditions. ”The facade must be that of the Seinäjoki City Hall and of nowhere else,”, Aalto wrote in his reasoning for the material choice. In the tall, tower-like assembly hall of the city council, the councillors’ seats are placed radially across the room. The same layout is repeated in the building’s facade. Aalto Library The fan shape of the library’s main room is the most striking feature of the building. Light falls through the slatted windows of the room and casts beautiful shapes on the ceiling, walls and shelves. The restored Aalto-designed library was opened in May 2015. The old library was connected to the neighbouring new-build library via a basement floor. The Aalto information desk is located in the Aalto library. Seinäjoki Theatre Alvar Aalto designed the theatre in 1968, but it wasn’t completed until 1987, under the supervision of Elissa Aalto. The facade is constructed of dim white ceramic blocks. The airy foyer is furnished with Artek pieces and houses Aalto’s unique collection of bent wood reliefs. The curtain of the Alvar Stage is titled Daedalus, and was designed by Juhana Blomstedt.   Parish Centre Aalto designed the churchyard inside the Parish Centre so that it could accommodate outdoor events. In the parish hall, the acoustic cladding is made from common beech and the pews are made from red-hearted pine. These same wood types were also used in the interiors of the Lakeuden Risti church. The 213-foot church tower is a famous Seinäjoki landmark. The tower can be accessed by a lift.