Found project: Finlandia-talo


    Project : Finlandia-talo

    Language variant : Finlandia Hall

    Architect : Aalto, Alvar

    Completion: 1975

    Locality : Helsinki

    Country : Finland

    Building style : Modern architecture (not specified)

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    Description :

    A few days before the main building's dedication ceremonies, Alvar Aalto and I walked through the building, inspecting the progress of final preparations. When we came to the central part of the restaurant Aalto stopped to observe how the City Gardener's assistants were placing ivy plants on the pipe truss at the restaurant's rear wall. The planting work was almost complete, but it didn't prevent Aalto from telling me that: "We live in an organised society that discourages habitual climbers. All the tops of the ivy must be at the same height." When we then continued our walk and I went to convey the Professor's comments to the gardeners, they were shocked. If I remember correctly, the hardiest climbers were however returned to their original positions.

    Veikko Hannula: Glimpses from the life of the Finlandia Hall. - Alvar Aalto and Helsinki. Ed. Leena Arkio-Laine et al. WSOY, 1999, 116.

    Ed. Antti Siitonen



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