Network of Alvar Aalto Cities

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

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.

In the future, the network will be expanded to take in municipalities abroad with major Alvar Aalto-designed buildings. 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.

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Our new web service built around Alvar Aalto’s architecture, VISIT.ALVARAALTO.FI, has been launched. 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 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.




Photo: Villa Väinölä. Topcu Burahan / Alvar Aalto Museum.



Photo: Auditorium, Aalto University, Otaniemi. Maija Holma / Alvar Aalto Museum.



Architecture of the Terraced house

Photo: Terraced house, Kauttua. Maija Holma / Alvar Aalto Museum.



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



Examples of Alvar Aalto’s architecture in Helsinki

Photo: Finlandia Hall. Rune Snellman / Alvar Aalto Museum.



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


Alvar Aalto on Visit Jyväskylä website

Examples of Alvar Aalto’s architecture in Jyväskylä

Photo: University of Jyväskylä, Main building. Maija Holma / Alvar Aalto Museum.


Architecture of Villa Kokkonen

Photo: Interior of Villa Kokkonen. Maija Holma / Alvar Aalto Museum




Architecture of Kantola, pulp mill manager’s residence in Sunila

Photo: Sunila housing area. Maija Holma / Alvar Aalto Museum.


VisitKouvola: Alvar Aalto’s architecture

Photo: Tehtaanmäki Primary School, Inkeroinen. Maija Holma / Alvar Aalto Museum.



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



Visit Oulu

Photo: Toppila, Cellulose factory. Alvar Aalto Museum.



Architecture of Paimio Sanatorium

Paimio Sanatorium Conservation Management Plan

Photo: Paimio Sanatorium. Maija Holma / Alvar Aalto Museum.




Architecture of Villa Mairea

Photo: Villa Mairea, Noormarkku. Maija Holma / Alvar Aalto Museum.




Photo: Rovaniemi Administrative and Cultural Centre, Town Hall. Maija Holma / Alvar Aalto Museum.


Visit Seinäjoki – Experience Alvar Aalto

Photo: The Cross of the Plains Church and Parish Centre. Maija Holma / Alvar Aalto Museum



Photo: Office Building for Turun Sanomat Newspaper. Gustaf Welin / Alvar Aalto Museum



Photo: Aerola, housing. Maija Holma / Alvar Aalto Museum



Photo: Type House, Könönpelto area. Maija Holma / Alvar Aalto Museum.