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Alvar Aalto round -in Rovaniemi

  • The Rovaniemi City Hall. Photo: Jukka Suvilehto

    The Rovaniemi City Hall. Photo: Jukka Suvilehto

  • Rovaniemi Library. Photo: Jukka Suvilehto

    Rovaniemi Library. Photo: Jukka Suvilehto

  • Lappia Hall. Photo: Jukka Suvilehto

    Lappia Hall. Photo: Jukka Suvilehto

  • Koskikatu 20 ja 18. Photo: Jukka Suvilehto

    Koskikatu 20 ja 18. Photo: Jukka Suvilehto

  • Jaakonkatu 3. Photo: Jukka Suvilehto

    Jaakonkatu 3. Photo: Jukka Suvilehto

Alvar Aalto round -in Rovaniemi

Alvar Aalto (1898-1976)

The architectural legacy of Alvar Aalto can be seen in the cityscape of Rovaniemi, both in the city center and a little further away. In the city center, along a walking route, there are five notable sites. A bit further, in Korkalovaara, there is a garden-like residential area called Korkalorinne.

Aalto's famous reindeer antler plan, known as the "poronsarviasemakaava" in Finnish, served as the basis for construction during the post-war reconstruction period from 1944 to 1946. The plan got its name because, when viewed from above, it resembled a reindeer's head: the central sports field represents the eye of the reindeer, and the antlers curve organically towards different parts of the city. The plan has not been strictly followed, and in some areas, such as the city center, the four-story cubic style of construction has been partly abandoned as urban development has become more concentrated.

In Etiäinen (this service) you will find Aho’s commercial and residential buildings located on Koskikatu and Jaakonkatu, as well as the Rovaniemi Civic Center situated on Hallituskatu and Jorma Eton tie.

Used as sources, e.g.:

http://lapinkavijat.rovaniemi.fi/aalto/aalto.html

http://julkisetteokset.rovaniemi.fi/taiteilijat/aalto.htm

http://www.rky.fi/read/asp/r_kohde_det.aspx?KOHDE_ID=4278

https://visit.alvaraalto.fi/fi/kehte/aalto-ja-rovaniemi/ [12.4.2023]

Alvar Aalto brochure (LMM)

Alvar Aalto's architecture no. 18 (Aalto museum 2012)

Texts: Tuija Alariesto, Provincial Museum of Lapland. 12/04/2023.

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  • Length: 0.36 km
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  • Latitude: 66.4967639772369
  • Longitude: 25.7226076007123

Waypoints

  • Jaakonkatu 3
    Alvar Aalto designed three four-story commercial and residential buildings in a prominent location in the center of Rovaniemi for local businessman Aarne Aho. Later, Aalto also designed the private house Maison Aho for the same family. The Aho commercial and residential buildings are all located in the same block, forming a cohesive ensemble. The ground floors of the buildings house commercial spaces, while the upper floors originally contained apartments that have since been converted into office spaces...
  • Koskikatu 18
    Alvar Aalto designed three four-story commercial and residential buildings in a prominent location in the center of Rovaniemi for local businessman Aarne Aho. Later, Aalto also designed the private house Maison Aho for the same family. The Aho commercial and residential buildings are all located in the same block, forming a cohesive ensemble. The ground floors of the buildings house commercial spaces, while the upper floors originally contained apartments that have since been converted into office spaces...
  • Koskikatu 20
    Alvar Aalto designed three four-story commercial and residential buildings in a prominent location in the center of Rovaniemi for local businessman Aarne Aho. Later, Aalto also designed the private house Maison Aho for the same family. The Aho commercial and residential buildings are all located in the same block, forming a cohesive ensemble. The ground floors of the buildings house commercial spaces, while the upper floors originally contained apartments that have since been converted into office spaces...
  • The Rovaniemi City Hall
    The Rovaniemi Civic Centre is, alongside Seinäjoki, the only completed urban center designed by Alvar Aalto in Finland. As early as 1961, the preliminary sketches for the library building included two other structures, which ultimately formed a seamlessly interconnected complex for administration and culture. The buildings are arranged in a fan-shaped layout on a park-like square known as Kansalaistori (Citizens' Square). The center's buildings open towards the city center...
  • Rovaniemi Library
    The Rovaniemi Civic Centre is, alongside Seinäjoki, the only completed urban center designed by Alvar Aalto in Finland. As early as 1961, the preliminary sketches for the library building included two other structures, which ultimately formed a seamlessly interconnected complex for administration and culture. The buildings are arranged in a fan-shaped layout on a park-like square known as Kansalaistori (Citizens' Square). The center's buildings open towards the city center...
  • Lappia Hall
    The Rovaniemi Civic Centre is, alongside Seinäjoki, the only completed urban center designed by Alvar Aalto in Finland. As early as 1961, the preliminary sketches for the library building included two other structures, which ultimately formed a seamlessly interconnected complex for administration and culture. The buildings are arranged in a fan-shaped layout on a park-like square known as Kansalaistori (Citizens' Square). The center's buildings open towards the city center...

Nearby destinations

  • Tuomivaara Teuvo - Loikka (2008)
    The frame of the sculpture is formed by a massive steel plate, where two dimensions transform into three as the reindeer turns and "walks out" of the sculpture. In this way, both the positive and the negative of the reindeer can be seen in the same piece. The figures form a sculptural ensemble that changes when viewed from different angles. The material used in the piece is a massive steel plate weighing about 600 kilograms...
  • Immonen Risto - Ulosmarssi (2008)
    The frame of the sculpture is formed by a massive steel plate, where two dimensions transform into three as the reindeer turns and "walks out" of the sculpture. In this way, both the positive and the negative of the reindeer can be seen in the same piece. The figures form a sculptural ensemble that changes when viewed from different angles. The material used in the piece is a massive steel plate weighing about 600 kilograms...
  • Huhtamo Kari - Monument to M.A. Castrén (1986)
    The monument to M.A. Castrén is located on the outer wall next to the main entrance to the library. The work is based on a sketch by Alvar Aalto. The final implementation is by Kari Huhtamo, who added his signature clear steel arches and balls to the work...
  • Tapper Kain - Vuorten synty (1988)
    In 1987, the City of Rovaniemi hosted a sculpture competition to obtain sketches of ideas for a sculpture for the new City Hall. The sculpture had to adapt to Alvar Aalto's architectural ensemble and symbolise the city of Rovaniemi. Kain Tapper won the contest with the sculpture Vuorten synty. According to Tapper, the sculpture depicts the rise of Rovaniemi after the war...
  • Engblom Tom - Oonko mie tiellä? (2008)
    Tom Engblom explains: Reindeer can of course be found in the forests, provided one has the chance or time to venture into them. Most commonly, we encounter these creatures walking on the road, getting in the way of humans. This gave rise to the idea of creating a work asking just that, "Am I in your way". The concrete reindeer is inspired by the concrete barriers commonly found in cities, called 'concrete pigs' in Finnish...
  • Rovaniemi Library
    The Rovaniemi Civic Centre is, alongside Seinäjoki, the only completed urban center designed by Alvar Aalto in Finland. As early as 1961, the preliminary sketches for the library building included two other structures, which ultimately formed a seamlessly interconnected complex for administration and culture. The buildings are arranged in a fan-shaped layout on a park-like square known as Kansalaistori (Citizens' Square). The center's buildings open towards the city center...
  • Lappia Hall
    The Rovaniemi Civic Centre is, alongside Seinäjoki, the only completed urban center designed by Alvar Aalto in Finland. As early as 1961, the preliminary sketches for the library building included two other structures, which ultimately formed a seamlessly interconnected complex for administration and culture. The buildings are arranged in a fan-shaped layout on a park-like square known as Kansalaistori (Citizens' Square). The center's buildings open towards the city center...
  • Second railway station, 7 July 1935
    The second railway station became necessary, when the train connection to Kemijärvi was constructed. The photo shows people waiting for the train transporting President Pehr Evind Svinhufvud to arrive at the station...

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