Language variant : Museum of Central Finland
Architect : Aalto, Alvar
Locality : Jyväskylä
Country : Finland
Building style : Modern architecture (not specified)
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The very first plans from 1957 show the exhibition and office space on two levels, with no unifying monumental features, but perfectly adapted to the terrain and existing trees. In 1959 the character of the plan changed in that Aalto replaced most of the right angles with obtuse and acute angles, producing a freer composition. Most of the facade is rendered white. The most interesting space in the interior is the second-floor lecture theatre, which shows a gradual transition, reminiscent of the Viipuri Library auditorium, from the wood-clad rear wall to the ceiling. The exhibition spaces are flexible, as is the lighting system of “lock” and “barrel” skylight, An extension designed 1974-76, with three storeys staggered up the slope and two down, was not built. From 1986 to 1990 the Aalto office worked on new drawings for an extension that was eventually built between the Central Finland Museum and the Aalto Museum below.
Göran Schildt: Alvar Aalto : A Life's Work-Architecture, Design and Art. Otava, 1994, 120.
Ed. Antti Siitonen