Central Finland Museum
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Architect Alvar Aalto
Location Jyvaskyla, Finland
Date 1959 to 1962   timeline
Building Type folklore museum
Climate cold
Style Modern




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Discussion Central Finland Museum Commentary

“This museum, built to a tight budget, is to accommodate travelling exhibitions and the Central Finnish Folklore collection. The offices, conference, and work facilities are on the entrance side of the building. A large hall is divided along its length by high clerestory rooflighting, though this is more like a large high window, so that two different kinds of long space are provided in the hall. The lower level is lit by an echelon of circular rooflights, which means that light there falls in pools. This is in contrast to the higher space where all light bounces around off the surfaces. The exterior in its rendered simplicity harks back to Aalto's buildings of the twenties, relying on plays of light on forms for its distinction.”

— David Dunster, ed. Architectural Monographs 4: Alvar Aalto. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1984. p76.

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David Dunster, ed. Alvar Aalto. London: St. Martin's Press, 1978. p76-77.  Find books about Central Finland Museum


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