Turun Sanomat Building
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Architect Alvar Aalto
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Location Turku, Finland
Date 1927 to 1929   timeline
Building Type mixed use, newspaper office and printing plant
 Construction System concrete, metal window frames
Climate cold
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes expressive asymmetrical flaring columns in working space.




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Discussion Turun Sanomat Building Commentary

"The building in one of Turku's commercial thoroughfares forms part of a block of older buildings. It accommodates, besides the editorial offices, the printing shops with its ancillary rooms, the management and mailing department as well as apartments for senior executives."

— Karl Fleig. Alvar Aalto. Scarsdale: Wittenborn & Company. p22.

"The office building for a Turku newspaper was the first by Aalto to attract attention from abroad.

"The structural frame is of reinforced concrete and the outer insulating wall is of light-weight concrete. The surface of this porous material was covered with wire netting and covered with a special stucco containing a colour-tinted varnish. Various types of skylights are installed in the flat roof. This was the first time Aalto had experimented with large, round skylights on a conical concrete base. In connection with flat slab construction, the reinforced concrete frame can exhibit either a symmetrical or asymmetrical column arrangement."

— Karl Fleig. Alvar Aalto. New York: Praeger Publishers. p118-9.


Designed 1927-1928, built 1928-1929.The building was designed 1927 to 1928 and built 1928 1929.

Sources on Turun Sanomat Building

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. grid geometry diagram, p195. — Updated edition available at

Karl Fleig. Alvar Aalto. Scarsdale: Wittenborn, 1963, Vol.I. NA1455.F53A22. p22.

Karl Fleig. Alvar Aalto. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1975. NA 1455.F53A239. ISBN 0-275-49660-0. p118-9.

Malcolm Quantrill. Alvar Aalto: A Critical Study. New York: Schocken Books, 1983. ISBN 0-8052-3845-X. NA1455.F53A237. p49-51, 63.

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


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