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The international mini-seminar explores the influence of Finnish modernism abroad.

Alvar Aalto and Erik Bryggman moved from Nordic classicism to Functionalism in Turku in the turn of 1920’s to 1930’s and created the Turku Fair (1929) as the major manifesto of Functionalism in Finland. The architecture they created has had a significant impact on development of modernism.

The supplementary programme of the seminar includes guided tours to the most influential modernist buildings in Turku and region such as TS building and Paimio sanatorium by Alvar Aalto, Atrium, Hospitz Betel and the Resurrection chapel by Erik Bryggman, the chapel of Holy Cross by Pekka Pitkänen as well as a selection of post-war “New Empiricism” and type houses influenced by Aalto and Bryggman.

Participants can also explore the sites on their own, for instance using the NAVI portal:

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Award of Bryggman grant to a young interior designer
Marija Dremaite, University of Vilnius: Influence of Finnish architecture on Baltic Modernism from 1950’s to 1980’s.
Karin Hallas-Murula, Tallinn university of Technology: Links of Estonian architecture with Finnish classicism and functionalism in 1920’s and 1930’s.
Tommi Lindh, Alvar Aalto foundation: International influence of Alvar Aalto

Supplementary programme

Thursday 29th August
14.00 – 15.30 Chapels and the Turku Graveyard (Magni Mundi)
The tour presents the two major Modernist chapels on the Turku graveyard; The Resurrection Chapel by Erik Bryggman (1938-1941) and The Chapel of the Holy Cross by Pekka Pitkänen
Tickets: 10€ from MagniMundi webshop
Place: Start at Hautausmaantie 21 (Resurrection chapel), Turku

18.00-20.00 Paimio sanatorium (Magni Mundi)
Theme Young architects Aino and Alvar Aalto.
Tickets: 18€ from MagniMundi webshop
Place: Alvar Aallontie 275, Paimio (tour includes stairs)

Friday 30th August
10.00 Aalto & Bryggman – Pioneering modernists (Magni Mundi)
Tickets: 10€ from MagniMundi webshop
Place: Start at Visit Turku info point, Aurakatu 2, Turku

17.00 Turku architecture ups and downs
Tickets: 10€ from MagniMundi webshop
Lähtö Taidemuseon edestä, Aurakatu 26.

18.00 – 20.00 Paimio sanatorium (Magni Mundi)
Theme Cultural History of Sanatorium
Tickets: 18€ from MagniMundi webshop
Place: Alvar Aallontie 275, Paimio (tour includes stairs)

Saturday 31st August:
11.00 – 16.00 Legacy of Functionalism, Arava housing, type houses
The tour includes several different type house areas including the Pansio Laivateollisuus area (1945-1948) by Erik Bryggman as well as examples of 1940’s and 1950’s apartment houses. Guide: Representative of Bryggman institute, non-fiction author Mikko Laaksonen
Tickets: 25€ registration: (includes the guidance, bus transport and the lunch in restaurant Pippurimylly)
Place: Start from the tour bus stop, Linnankatu 16, Turku

Organizer: Bryggman Foundation
International influence on Finnish modernism


perjantai 30.8.2019 13:30-16:30
Kåren, Hämeenkatu 22 Turku
Seminar free of charge Supplementary programme for separate fees
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