Seinajoki Library
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Architect Alvar Aalto
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Location Seinajoki, Finland   map
Date 1963 to 1965   timeline
Building Type library
 Construction System concrete
Climate cold
Context town center
Style Modern
Notes Mt. Angel Library is similar but note use of sloping site there.


Photo, overview from above, with town hall on the right, and library on the left
More images available on The GBC CD-ROM.   Contributions appreciated



Plan Drawing

Section Drawing

Discussion Seinajoki Library Commentary

"A double-loaded corridor block is split about a third of the way along to provide the focus of the library, the entrance and control desk. To the left is the children's library, to the right the administrative offices of the library, and right ahead, a well in which the reference library is housed; and around that and beyond, the main stacks of the library fan out. The roof identifies and contains the functional separation of elements of the library, rising in an abrupt curve over the main stacks to allow light to enter and bounce around in the space. Externally the roof-line reveals little of the complexities experienced internally. The whole building is white, except for its dark skirting where it touches the ground and the entrance steps hidden behind a marble slab."

— David Dunster, ed. Architectural Monographs 4: Alvar Aalto. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1984. p50.

Sources on Seinajoki Library

David Dunster, ed. Alvar Aalto. London: St. Martin's Press, 1978. plan, section, grounds, daylight, p50-54. — Available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Seinajoki Library


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