Calendar

22. 3.

Monday

23. 3.

Tuesday

24. 3.

Wednesday

25. 3.

Thursday

26. 3.

Friday

27. 3.

Saturday

28. 3.

Sunday

29. 3.

Monday

30. 3.

Tuesday

31. 3.

Wednesday

1. 4.

Thursday

2. 4.

Friday

3. 4.

Saturday

4. 4.

Sunday

5. 4.

Monday

6. 4.

Tuesday

7. 4.

Wednesday

8. 4.

Thursday

9. 4.

Friday

10. 4.

Saturday

11. 4.

Sunday

12. 4.

Monday

13. 4.

Tuesday

14. 4.

Wednesday

15. 4.

Thursday

16. 4.

Friday

17. 4.

Saturday

18. 4.

Sunday

19. 4.

Monday

20. 4.

Tuesday

21. 4.

Wednesday

22. 4.

Thursday

23. 4.

Friday

24. 4.

Saturday

25. 4.

Sunday

26. 4.

Monday

27. 4.

Tuesday

28. 4.

Wednesday

29. 4.

Thursday

30. 4.

Friday

1. 5.

Saturday

2. 5.

Sunday

3. 5.

Monday

4. 5.

Tuesday

5. 5.

Wednesday

6. 5.

Thursday

7. 5.

Friday

8. 5.

Saturday

9. 5.

Sunday

10. 5.

Monday

11. 5.

Tuesday

12. 5.

Wednesday

13. 5.

Thursday

14. 5.

Friday

15. 5.

Saturday

16. 5.

Sunday

Alvar Aalto sent in the entry ‘Casa’ to the invitational competition (deadline April 30, 1951) for this business building right in the heart of Helsinki. The client was the Finnish hardware dealers’ federation, whence the building’s name. Aalto’s plan won first prize and was used as the basis for implementation in 1952-57.

Designed in

1951-55

Location

Finland, Helsinki

— 1

Contemporary street view of the façade. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation

— 2

Perspective view of the building. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Foundation

— 3

Street façade of the building is harmonized with the neighbouring building designed by Eliel Saarinen. Photo: Heikki Havas, Alvar Aalto Foundation

— 4

Perspective sketch of the interior court. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Foundation

— 5

Interior court of the building with travertine-faced gallery levels. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation

— 6

Section of the building, showing location of the interior court. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Foundation

— 7

Café is located in the interior court. Photo: Alvar Aalto Foundation

— 8

Contemporary view of the café. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation

— 9

Street-level floor plan for the building. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Foundation

— 10

Artek exhibition in Rautatalo in 1956. Photo: Alvar Aalto Foundation

Interior court

The interior court is open for public and houses café Dylan Marmoripiha.

Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation.

Exhibition

The exhibition Souvenirs from Italy – Mediterranean influences in Alvar Aalto’s Rautatalo Office Building produced by the Alvar Aalto Foundation presents the architecture of the Rautatalo building completed on Helsinki’s Keskuskatu Street in 1955.

The exhibition is open during opening hours of the Dylan Marmoripiha.

Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation.