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Network of Alvar Aalto Cities

The Network of Alvar Aalto Cities was launched in Jyväskylä on February 3, 2017. The network’s members are Aalborg, AlajärviEspoo, Eura, HaminaHelsinki, ImatraJyväskylä, Järvenpää, Kotka, Kouvola, LahtiOulu, Paimio, Pori, RaseborgRovaniemi, SeinäjokiTurku, Vantaa, Varkaus and Wolfsburg.

The Alvar Aalto Cities form a network of active partners that are all of equal standing regardless of the size of the locality or the number of Aalto sites there. The freeform network is being further expanded by inviting towns, cities and municipalities where there is Alvar Aalto architecture of sufficient significance to become members. The network’s activities are coordinated by the Alvar Aalto Foundation.

The network’s goal is to increase Aalto awareness both in Finland and abroad. Joining forces on communications and marketing will, for instance, improve the visibility and accessibility of exhibitions, tourist attractions and events. This will primarily provide a service for tourists with a special interest in the built environment, architecture and Alvar Aalto’s production.

Chair of the Network of Alvar Aalto Cities
2017 Jyväskylä
2018 Seinäjoki
2019 Turku
2020 Pori
2021 Kouvola

The aim is for the network to grow gradually into an international body that spans all the Alvar Aalto Cities. In total there are about forty Alvar Aalto Cities around the world.

Latest news

Aalborg and Wolsfburg have joined the Network of Alvar Aalto Cities in early 2019!

Our web service built around Alvar Aalto’s architecture, VISIT.ALVARAALTO.FI, was launched on May 24, 2018 in Finnish and English. Published by the Alvar Aalto Foundation, the web service has been designed and produced in partnership with tourism experts and local business operators from each covered area in Finland. The web service is also available in Russian and Japan.

The annual mayors’ meeting in Seinäjoki on February 1–2, 2018 decided that cities abroad with Alvar Aalto architecture sites that are classed as significant are to be invited to join the network.

Aalborg, Denmark

 

Photo: Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Denmark. Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

Alajärvi

 

Photo: Villa Väinölä. Topcu Burahan © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

Espoo

 

Photo: Auditorium, Aalto University, Otaniemi. Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

Eura

 

Architecture of the Terraced house

Photo: Terraced house, Kauttua. Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

Hamina

 

Photo: Private house, Summa, Hamina. Martti Kapanen © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

Helsinki

 

Examples of Alvar Aalto’s architecture in Helsinki

Photo: Finlandia Hall. Rune Snellman © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

Imatra

 

Photo: Church of the Three Crosses (Vuoksenniska Church). Pertti Ingervo © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

Järvenpää

www.villakokkonen.fi

Architecture of Villa Kokkonen

Photo: Interior of Villa Kokkonen. Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

 

Kouvola

VisitKouvola: Alvar Aalto’s architecture

Photo: Tehtaanmäki Primary School, Inkeroinen. Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

Lahti

VisitLahti

Photo: Church of the Cross, Lahti. Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

 

Oulu

Visit Oulu

Photo: Toppila, Cellulose factory. © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

Pori

 

Architecture of Villa Mairea

Photo: Villa Mairea, Noormarkku. Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

 

Raseborg

Visit Raseborg

 

Photo: Villa Skeppet, Tammisaari. Kari Hakli © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

 

Rovaniemi

 

Photo: Rovaniemi Administrative and Cultural Centre, Town Hall. Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

Turku

 

Photo: Office Building for Turun Sanomat Newspaper. Gustaf Welin © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

Vantaa

 

Photo: Aerola, housing. Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

Varkaus

 

Photo: Type House, Könönpelto area. Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

WOLFSBURG

 

Photo: Wolfsburg Church (Heilig-Geist-Kirche) and parish centre. Heinrich Heidersberger © Alvar Aalto Foundation.