Alvar Aalto designed the building as his own office in 1955. Because of a number of large commissions, the office needed more space to work in. The building is only a short walk from Aalto's own house, where the office had previously been located. Studio Aalto is one of the best of Alvar Aalto's 1950s buildings. The white-rendered, wall-like, closed-in mass of the building conceals a garden shaped like an amphitheatre in its inner courtyard. The office staff could sit on the slate steps of the amphitheatre, listen to lectures or watch slide shows projected on the white wall. The principal space in the building is the curving studio which has a view opening onto the courtyard. Horizontal battens fixed to the high walls of the studio allowed drawings to be displayed there. The rear wall is covered with climbing plants reaching up to the high-level windows and prototypes of light fittings designed by Alvar Aalto are hung in front of the wall. The slanting bay window of the conference room
Visits: Tuesday to Friday onlyat 12.30pm
Open only at 11.30 from Tuesday-Sunday
In August open at 11.30 from Monday-Sunday
Admission fee 17 Euro
Students and senior citizens 7 Euro
Groups of over 10 persons 10 Euro per person
The admission fee includes guided tour
Groups preferred to be agreed in advance, max.20 people at one time.
How to get there?
Directions Tram 4 from Helsinki; north on Mannerheimintie street to last stop at Munkkiniemi (approx. 30 min ride from the tram stop at the SOKOS department store) Walk west one block on Laajalahdentie, after sports field turn right on Riihitie