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The Finnish Communist Party, through its representative Matti Janhunen, asked Aalto in 1952 to draw up plans for a building complex combining the party headquarters, association facilities, and a cultural centre on a recently acquired site beneath the Alppiharju cliffs. A company named Helsingin Kulttuuritalo Oy was established to supervise construction.

Designed in

1952-58

Location

Finland, Helsinki

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House of Culture in 2018. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation

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Elevation towards Sturenkatu. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Foundation

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Section of the building. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Foundation

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House of Culture. Photo: Heikki Havas, Alvar Aalto Foundation

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Entrance courtyard, piazza, and office wing. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation

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Lobby. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation

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Sketch of the auditorium. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Foundation

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Section of the auditorium. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Foundation

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The concert hall’s supporting pillars are of similar design to the one in Studio Aalto. Photo: Heikki Havas, Alvar Aalto Foundation

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Auditorium view. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation

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Auditorium view. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation

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In 1950s Finland, construction work was still done by hand and the House of Culture was largely built by volunteer professionals. Photo: Alvar Aalto Foundation

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This wedge-shaped brick was designed for the curved wall of the House of Culture. Photo: Maija Vatanen, Alvar Aalto Foundation

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The concert hall is behind the fan-shaped, redbrick façade. Photo: Maija, Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation

Guided tours

GUIDED TOURS 2019
The tours are organized by Alvar Aalto Foundation. See below for details.

TICKETS 2019
Regular price (16,00€)
Students, Students and senior citizens (11,00€)
Children under 18 years (0€)

GROUPS
By advance booking only. Fee: 150 € (1-25 persons)
Enquiries: riihitie@alvaraalto.fi

Photo: Entrance courtyard. Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation

Guided tours 2019

JULY

1.7. Mon 10:30-11:30
5.7. Fri 10:30-11:30
8.7. Mon 10:30-11:30
12.7. Fri 10:30-11:30
15.7. Mon 10:30-11:30
19.7. Fri 10:30-11:30
22.7. Mon 10:30-11:30
26.7. Fri 10:30-11:30
29.7. Mon 10:30-11:30

AUGUST

2.8. Fri 10:30-11:30
5.8. Mon 10:30-11:30
9.8. Fri 10:30-11:30
12.8. Mon 10:30-11:30
16.8. Fri 10:30-11:30
19.8. Mon 10:30-11:30
23.8. Fri 10:30-11:30
26.8. Mon 10:30-11:30
28.8. Wed 10:30-11:30
30.8. Fri 10:30-11:30

PURCHASE TICKETS FROM SHOP.ALVARAALTO.FI

More information

House of Culture is an active event venue. The building houses a restaurant.

www.kulttuuritalo.fi

Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum.