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The international architectural competition for Jyväskylä’s Ruusupuisto area run by the Alvar Aalto Foundation and the City of Jyväskylä attracted 674 entries by its final deadline. This is the second-highest number of entries ever for an architectural competition held in Finland – a close second to the Guggenheim Helsinki competition.

The public design competition for an extension for the Alvar Aalto Museum and the Museum of Central Finland. Photo: Alvar Aalto Museum.

The public design competition for an extension for the Alvar Aalto Museum and the Museum of Central Finland. Photo: Alvar Aalto Museum.

The Ruusupuisto competition is for the design of an extension connecting the Alvar Aalto Museum and the Museum of Central Finland, and for the surrounding outdoor area. The aim is to develop these two key Aalto works to form an attractive, high-quality museum centre for Jyväskylä.

In its criteria the competition jury stresses the need for an integrated architectural approach and the technical and economic feasibility of the design. It is particularly important that the winning entry should suit this nationally important cultural environment, and that it should find a way of creating a seamless link with Alvar Aalto’s architecture.

The competition winners will be announced on Finland’s Architecture Day and Alvar Aalto’s birthday, 3 February 2016.

Read more from the press release.

Further information:
Director, Alvar Aalto Foundation, Tommi Lindh, +358 44 562 1625, tommi.lindh (at) alvaraalto.fi