Language variant : Alvar Aalto Museum
Architect : Aalto, Alvar
Locality : Jyväskylä
Country : Finland
Building style : Modern architecture (not specified)
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The building stands below the Central Finland Museum on the edge of Jyväskylä ridge. The facade is clad with white ceramic tiles and flanked by an artificial stream built into a ravine formed by a brook in the steep slope. From the windowless entrance side, the visitor comes to a lobby flanked by a small lecture room, offices and storerooms, and a cafe with an outdoor terrace next to the stream. On the upper floor is a large exhibition room with no pronounced wall plan, variably divisible by means of panels, and indirectly lit by three rows of ”lock” skylights. The rear wall is decorated by a forward-leaning screen wall of profiled wooden poles, reminiscent of the New York pavilion. Although it never did obtain the Aalto archives, the museum has developed into a busy centre of Aalto studies, exhibitions, and publications, specializing in a unique collection of Aalto furniture that spans his entire career as a furniture designer.
Göran Schildt: Alvar Aalto : A Life's Work-Architecture, Design and Art. Otava, 1994, 125.
Ed. Antti Siitonen