Otaniemi Technical University
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Architect Alvar Aalto
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Location Otaniemi, Finland   map
Date 1949 competition, completed 1964   timeline
Building Type university campus
 Construction System brick masonry and reinforced concrete
Climate cold
Context rural
Style Modern
Notes Campus buildings pivot around landmark form of main auditorium, reminiscent of a Greek Theater.


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Discussion Otaniemi Technical University Commentary

"The focal point of this university centre is the auditorium building with two large halls (also intended for congresses). Its staircase-like ascending rows of windows suggest from the outside and amphitheatre. All tuition rooms are in adjacent buildings grouped about small internal courts, and here are also found the smaller lecture-rooms, laboratories and professors' rooms. The centre is divided into three principal departments: general, geodetic and architectural. The chief materials are dark red brick, black granite and copper."

—Egon Tempel. New Finnish Architecture. New York, Washington: Frederick A. Praeger, 1968. p125.


primary materials are dark red brick, black granite and copper

Sources on Otaniemi Technical University

Donald Corner and Jenny Young, University of Oregon. Slides from photographers' collection. PCD.2350.1012.1143.54, exterior eye level view showing office/classroom wing and campus boiler plant. PCD.2350.1012.1143.55, exterior view of outdoor amphitheater side of main auditorium. PCD.2350.1012.1143.56, exterior photo looking out from sheltered porch across green toward main auditorium.

David Dunster, ed. Architectural Monographs 4, Alvar Aalto. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1984. lower ground floor plan , p88, plate 4. section, p88, plate 3. upper ground floor plan , p89, plate 6.

Earl Moursund. Slides from the photographer's collection. PCD.2350.1012.1143.54.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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