In 1962 the Helsinki city authorities commissioned Aalto to design a concert and congress building as the first part of his great centre plan. The Finlandia Hall was completed nine years later. Even the earliest plans show the main characteristics of the final solution. One of the most conspicuous alterations involved the chamber music room, originally intended to soar like the main auditorium above the main building mass.

Designed in



Finland, Helsinki

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Töölö Bay façade of Finlandia Hall. Photo: Fethulla, Alvar Aalto Museum

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Elevation towards Töölö Bay. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Museum

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Scale-model of plan for Helsinki city centre. Photo: Eva ja Pertti Ingervo, Alvar Aalto Museum

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Sketches. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Museum

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Façade. Photo: Rune Snellman, Alvar Aalto Museum

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Staircase leading to the concert hall foyer. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum

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Floor plan showing concert halls and foyer. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Museum

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Concert hall foyer. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum

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Façade. Photo: Fethulla, Alvar Aalto Museum

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Elevation towards Mannerheimintie. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Museum

Guided tours

Guided tours are arranged in co-operation with Alvar Aalto Foundation. Contact the Service Point for details on upcoming tours:

Please note that changes may take place in these times because of events at Finlandia Hall.
Tue 17th Apr at 15
Mon 30th Apr at 14 Art and Backstage
Fri 11th May at 15

FEES 2018
Adults € 16
Senior citizens, students, children € 11
Guided tour includes a complimentary cup of coffee or tea at Café Veranda.

Group tours are arranged separately
€ 150 per group (1-25 participants) on a weekday
€ 300 per group (26-50 participants) on a weekday
Coffee or tea is not included into the Group tours.

Tours start at the Service Point next to the Entrance (Door M4) on the Mannerheimintie side of the building.

Subject to changes. Enquiries:

CSCE 1975

The annex of Finlandia Hall turned out to be a boon in 1975, when the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) brought the heads of state of 32 nations to Helsinki and the subsequently oft-cited Helsinki Declaration was signed at the Finlandia Hall.

Photos: Tapio Korpisaari, Helsinki City Museum


Latest changes

The newest part of Finlandia Hall was added in 2012 on the Töölönlahti Bay side at street level. This roofed exterior space was converted into interior space housing public spaces including a new café.

Café Veranda

Photo: Ground floor before changes. Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum.

More information

Finlandia Hall is an active conference and event venue.

More information on Finlandia Hall website.

Photo: Martti Kapanen, Alvar Aalto Museum.