Alvar Aalto designed the building at
The white-rendered, wall-like, closed-in mass of the building conceals a garden shaped like an amphitheatre in its inner courtyard. The office staff could sit on the slate steps of the amphitheatre, listen to lectures or watch slide shows projected on the white wall.
The principal space in the building is the curving studio which has a view opening onto the courtyard. Horizontal battens fixed to the high walls of the studio allowed drawings to be displayed there. The rear wall is covered with climbing plants reaching up to the high-level windows and prototypes of light fittings designed by Alvar Aalto are hung in front of the wall. The slanting bay window of the conference room with its rooflight creates the perfect conditions for examining models and drawings.
The building is designed to be used as an architect's office. On the upper floor there is a drawing office on a narrow plan, beautifully
encircled by natural light from a band of high-level windows.
Alvar Aalto ran the office until his death
text: Hanni Sippo | photo: Rauno Träskelin Alvar Aalto Foundation