Aalto Center is the administrative and cultural center of the City of Seinäjoki, Finland. It comprises six buildings, designed by Alvar Aalto and mainly completed between 1960 and 1968. The center represents one of Aalto's most important works and is notable in Finland and even internationally as an architectural whole. The wooden plan of the center is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.Add Aalto Center of Seinajoki and other attractions to your Seinajoki trip itinerary using our Seinajoki attractions planner.
An architectural competition was organized in 1951 for the design of Seinäjoki's new church. Aalto's entry, named "Cross Of The Plains", won the competition, even though it exceeded the area set in the competition rules. It took several years before construction started; the church was eventually built between 1957 and 1960.
In 1958, as the church was being built, the town of Seinäjoki organized another architectural competition for the design of a new town hall for a site next to the church. Alvar Aalto and his wife, Elissa Aalto, won the follow-up competition in 1959, which also included plans for a library, a theatre, and a state office building. The town hall was constructed in 1951–1952 and the library in 1964–1965. A parish center, also designed by Aalto, was built next to the church in 1965–1966. The state office building hosting various civil service departments was constructed in 1967–1968.
The plans for the theatre were finished by Aalto in 1969, but the building was only realized almost two decades later in 1986–1987 and under the guidance of Elissa Aalto, as Alvar Aalto had died in 1976.
Aalto also designed the courtyard between the buildings, including a fountain and the outdoor lighting. This "citizens' square" was covered with granite slabs in 1988 according to Aalto's original plans.
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The Aalto Center in Seinäjoki is something so uniwue in Finland. It is really the place to visit. The Church with surroundings and the tower, Town Hall with dark blue walls, bew library and the City.... more »
Aalto Center of Seinäjoki is the administrative and cultural center designed by the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. It comprises six buildings: 1. Church (1960) 2. City Hall (1962) 3. Library.... more »
Very interesting, Aalto was definately a forward thinker. If only our politicians, architects etc were to do the same.
Very nice place for a walk, beatiful architecture. For access to clocktower, inquire within the church.
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