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Student's Hostel at OIT
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Architect Alvar Aalto
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Location Otaniemi, Finland
Date 1962 to 1966   timeline
Building Type hostel
 Construction System brick
Climate cold
Context open campus
Style Modern
Notes Student's Hostel at Otaniemi Institute of Technology (OIT)
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“It is in many way a very normal building, accepting the repetitiveness of the brief and preserving rhetoric for the entrance and communal facilities and the faceted block by which the scheme is identified from a distance. The organisation of rooms is a model of clarity. Groups of eight to eleven rooms, each with their own shower and WC, are assigned a shared kitchen and lounge. While the scheme is a variant on the three-sided courtyard format, each group of rooms is accessible without impingeing on other groups, thus preserving a civilised degree of privacy within the students' life.”

— David Dunster, ed. Architectural Monographs 4: Alvar Aalto. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1984. p92.

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David Dunster, ed. Alvar Aalto. London: St. Martin's Press, 1978. p92-94.

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