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The Alvar Aalto Foundation is embarking on a collaboration with the search-engine company Google. Now, the public can not only visit the Museum, but also discover more about Alvar Aalto and various Aalto-designed buildings virtually via Google’s Cultural Institute and Street View. The goal is to make Aalto’s architecture and design accessible to people all over the world.

“Sharing information about Aalto and comprehensively responding to the needs of our various audiences are fundamental to our work. This collaboration is a major step by the Alvar Aalto Foundation towards better accessibility and visibility. We want to be accessible to everyone who does not have a chance to visit our sites in person,” says Director of the Alvar Aalto Foundation Tommi Lindh.

Google’s Street View takes users on a virtual journey into the interiors of Aalto’s buildings. Nine Aalto-designed sites have been selected. Among the buildings viewable via this platform are Finlandia Hall and Studio Aalto, along with some that are less well-known to the public, such as Tehtaanmäki Primary School.

Collaboration has also begun on two fascinating online exhibitions. Google’s Cultural Institute is showing an online exhibition based on the popular Alvar Aalto Museum-produced exhibition A Stool Makes History. This takes a close look at Aalto’s three-legged design classic and its history. Another online exhibition adopts a restoration viewpoint to explore the Alvar Aalto Library in Vyborg, now returned to its former glory.

Alvar Aalto’s Architecture, collection of imagery

Further information:

Director, Alvar Aalto Foundation, Tommi Lindh,
tel. +358-(0)44 562 1625

Producer, Alvar Aalto Foundation, Tomi Summanen
tel. +358-(0)44 555 7337