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Rovaniemi civic centre is the only completed city centre in Finland designed by Aalto in apart from Seinäjoki.

Designed in

1961-88

Location

Finland, Rovaniemi

— 1

Rovaniemi civic centre. Library (left) and Lappia Hall(right) with its undulating roof. Photo: Martti Kapanen © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

— 2

Lappia Hall, library and town hall surround the central parklike square. Drawing © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

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Windows provide the library interior with plenty of natural light. Photo: Martti Kapanen © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

— 4

Lending hall with its central sunken part, a theme often seen in Aalto's libraries. Photo: Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

— 5

Theatre and congress hall, Lappia Hall. Drawing © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

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Lappia Hall interior. Photo: Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

— 7

Town hall. Photo: Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

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Town hall council chamber. Photo: Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

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Pendant lamp in council chamber. Interiors, including light fittings and furniture, were designed in Aalto's office for all the buildings. Photo: Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

Visits

See Rovaniemi on visit.alvaraalto.fi website.