Alvar Aalto

Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto (3 February 1898 – 11 May 1976) was a famous Finnish architect and designer, who lived and worked in Jyväskylä for the major part of his life. Alvar Aalto’s work includes not only large building projects, but also furniture and glassware. His style transformed throughout the years, yet the underlying theme of Aalto’s architecture is modern living with a smart utilisation of materials and space.

Aalto was born in a small town of Kuortane. Within few years the family moved to Alajärvi, and later to Jyväskylä, Central Finland. After a short study period in Helsinki, in 1923 Alvar Aalto returned to Jyväskylä where he opened his architecture bureau. During the first years of his work Aalto designed family houses and small-scale buildings. In 1925, Aalto married Aino Marsio, who was also a famous Finnish designer, best known for her glassware items produced currently under Iittala brand.

Gaining more fame as an architect, Aalto received tenders on designing about 30 buildings in the Jyväskylä Region, and a large number of buildings abroad (USA, Estonia, Switzerland, Croatia, France, Denmark and Sweden).

Bearing the legacy of the world-renowned architect, every year Jyväskylä attracts thousands of tourists interested in architecture and design. While visiting Alvar Aalto Museum, walking through the campus area of the University of Jyväskylä, or going on a guided tour, you will learn about the work and life of the Father of the Nordic design and find out what lies in the heart of the modern Finnish design.

A complete list of the buildings in the Jyväskylä Region

Packages and tours

A famous Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto lived and worked in Jyväskylä...
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Houseboat in Finland
Explore the creations of the legendary Finnish architect Alvar Aalto on a houseboat. While travelling in a...
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This package will take you to the footsteps of best-known Finnish architects...
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Säynätsalo twon hall. Photo: Tero Takalo-Eskola
This four-day-trip takes you from Seinäjoki to Jyväskylä, and you will visit the birthplace of the master architect and the family grave, admire his most famous competition...
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What significance does art, architecture and design have for Finland and its people? The Alvar and Gösta tour offers, on a human scale, a unique insight into the Finnish way of living in close relationship with natu...
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Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä
Whenever you ask what Jyväskylä is famous for, you will hear among the answers the name...
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Find the gems of master architect Alvar Aalto during this four-day-trip from Seinäjoki to Jyväskylä. A visit to both cities will give an in-depth insight into Alvar Aalto’s architectural thinking...
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There's a variety of Aalto Tours in Jyväskylä. You can familiarize yourself to the architect Aalto by foot, bus or boats. The best part is that you will see many sites designed by architect Alvar Aalto...
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