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Alvar Aalto Museum: a journey through the Modern Movement

| Designbest editorial staff

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inland stands for Alvar Aalto. For this reason, whether you are into architecture and design or passionate about Northern Europe, the Alvar Aalto Museum is the place to see. To be more precise, the Museum comprises four different places which take you into the life and work of one of the major personalities of the Modern Movement.

While you are visiting Finland, don’t miss the Aalto House and the Aalto Studio in Helsinki. Then, head north towards the lake area and stop by the Muuratsalo island to have a look at the Experimental House and, last but not least, go to Jyväskylä to visit the actual Alvar Aalto Museum.

The Aalto House, built in 1936, is an outstanding example of the romantic functionalism which is the distinctive feature of the Finnish architect: a wooden house and an office  in white. This projects resonates romance also because it was designed by both Alvar Aalto and his wife and colleague Aino, with whom he worked alongside for 25 years, from wedding until her death. Nearby you will find the Studio which was built in the ‘50s and now houses the Foundation, the Academy and the Alvar Aalto Museum Architectural Heritage.

The Experimental House, or the summer house, is a fascinating project. Enticingly situated by a lake and surrounded by trees, the house is furnished with the charming pieces designed by Alvar Alto and produced by Artek. Once you enter the Museum, the permanent exhibition in the entrance hall, the gallery with its temporary exhibition as well as the store will end in style the tour. Here you will have the chance to take an overview of Alvar Aalto’s work and admire the objects which are the quintessence of the functionalist design. 

AALTO HOUSE
Riihitie 20, 00330 Helsinki
tel. +358 (0)9 481 350

STUDIO AALTO
Tiilimäki 20, 00330 Helsinki
tel. +358 (0)9 480 123

EXPERIMENTAL HOUSE
Melalammentie 2 Muuratsalo, 40900 Jyväskylä
tel +358 (0)14 2667113

ALVAR AALTO MUSEO
Alvar Aallon katu 7, FI-40600 Jyväskylä
tel. +358 (0)14 2667113

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