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  • Exhibition: Residential architecture in Turku 2 June - 29 July


  • The theme year on residential architecture of Bryggman institute is opened at the Turku main library with an exhibition on residential architecture in Turku in 20th century .

     Downstairs in the lobby are exhibited the wooden workers’ housing co-operatives, stone houses in the city centre and the beginning of the half-municipal housing production. Upstairs in the Non-Fiction Department are presented type houses, Arava high-rises, suburban housing projects and high-rises in the city centre. The apartment buildings designed by Erik Bryggman and Alvar Aalto in Turku are also presented. The exhibition panels are in Finnish, Swedish and English.

     

    The exhibition also presents original models of Asunto Oy Carenia, Kauppiaskatu 2 designed by Pekka Pitkänen 1960–1961 and the Runosmäki housing area planned by  ATR-suunnittelu. The materials include also historical building plans and housing brochures from 1950’s to 1970’s. There are also books on residential architecture, which are also available for loan at the library.

     Picture: Type houses on Takamaantie, Luolavuori, Turku

    Turku main library
    Linnankatu 2

    Mon – Fri 9 AM – 8 PM

    Sat – Sun 11 AM – 5 PM

  • Exhibition Interior designer Carin Bryggman 100 years, Turku castle
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    To celebrate the centenary of Carin Bryggman's (5 April 1920-7 April 1993) birth, her life and design works are showcased in Turku Castle. The exhibition is based on the collections of the Turku Museum Centre: Carin Bryggman's photographs and her interior designs and furniture drawings. Examples of furniture designed by Bryggman are also on display.

     

    Carin Bryggman worked mainly in Turku and she was the most sought-after interior architect in the city in the 1950-80s. Her most long-term and cherished design project was Turku Castle. She participated in its renovation for an extensive period of time, from the 1940s all the way to the 1990s.

     

    Carin Bryggman established her own interior design office 1949 as one of the first women in Finland. She designed interiors for hundreds of buildings, ranging from private homes to public premises, such as shops, banks and restaurants. Often Bryggman designed the furniture for the premises, too. In her works, she emphasised functionality, beauty, durability and quality.

     

    Turku Castle was one of the many buildings where Bryggman cooperated with her father, architect Erik Bryggman, in designing the interior. Another important cooperation partner was her husband Uolevi Nuotio.

     

    The exhibition showcases furniture and light fixtures designed by Bryggman for Turku Castle, with signs of use visible on them. Indeed, one of the goals of the exhibition is to inspire discussion about the durability of the work of an interior architect. During her life, Bryggman was frequently featured in the public but, after her death, she has largely been forgotten. Her designs are best preserved in eminent public premises like Turku Castle. Consequently, the Turku Museum Centre plays a special role in fostering Carin Bryggman's life's work

     

    Participation of the Bryggman institute


    The Bryggman institute has realized a picture show “Traces of Carin Bryggman”, which presents partly preserved Bryggman sites, travels and co-operation partners. During the exhibition, interviews of co-operation partners and presentations of implemented projects.


    For the autumn 2020 a lecture series on interior architecture is planned, the epidemic situation permitting. Possible guided tours are also informed separately.

     

    Exhibition Interior designer Carin Bryggman 100 years

    Turku Castle 1.6.2020–7.3.2021

    Turku castle is open mon-sun 10-18, from 1st Sept tue-sun 10-18

    Picture: Carin Bryggman - designed furniture and lamps in Turku Castle, Mikko Laaksonen

  • Bryggman exhibition in Kaunas 31st Oct to 15th Nov



  • Architect Erik Bryggman (1891-1955): Nordic classicism, functionalism and new empiricsm

    Kaunas artists’ house, Kauno menininkų namai, Putvinskio g. 56, Kaunas

    Opening 31st Oct 6 PM to 9 PMOpen Mon-Fri 10 AM to 7 PM

     

    The exhibition presents the career of architect Erik Bryggman (1891-1955), one of the most important architects of Nordic classicism, functionalism and new empiricism. Bryggman introduced Functionalism in Finland together with Alvar Aalto, making it the nationally accepted style of architecture.

    Erik Bryggman (1891–1955) was one of the most significant Finnish architects of his time. At the beginning of his career he designed a number of residential buildings in Turku in the Nordic Classicism style, which are considered some of the finest examples of this style in Finland. In 1927–1929 he, together with architects Alvar Aalto and Hilding Ekelund, introduced Functionalism to Finland. The Turku Fair (1929), designed jointly by Aalto and Bryggman, was a manifesto for Functionalism. The Vierumäki Sports Institute (1931–36), the Åbo Akademi University Book Tower (1934–35) and Sampo House (1936–38) are key Functionalist buildings in Finland. The Resurrection Chapel (1938–41) in Turku established Modernism in the design of Finnish churches.  During the post-war reconstruction era Bryggman designed a number of schools, hospitals and residential buildings. His final design works include the Lappeenranta, Lohja and Honkanummi Funerary Chapels and the restoration of Turku Castle (1939-1961).

    The Bryggman institute and the Estonian museum of architecture have combined an exhibition presenting Erik Bryggman’s architecture. The exhibition is based on Mikko Laaksonen’s book “Architect Erik Bryggman: Works” (Rakennustieto, 2016).

    Curator: representative of Bryggman institute, Mikko Laaksonen

    Webpage: www.bryggman.fi

    Presentation of Bryggman’s major projects:

    http://navi.finnisharchitecture.fi/selection/erik-bryggmans-architecture/

  • International influence of Finnish Modernism 30th Aug, Turku

  • Kåren, Hämeenkatu 22

    30.8.2019 13.30 – 16.30

     

    Alvar Aalto and Erik Bryggman moved from Nordic classicism to Functionalism in Turku in the turn of 1920’s to 1930’s  and created the Turku Fair (1929) as the major manifesto of Functionalism in Finland – in co-operation with Nordic colleagues, German and French influences. The architecture they created has had a significant impact on development of Modernism.

     

    The international mini-seminar explores the influence of Finnish modernism abroad. 

    The English-language guidances have been concentrated from 29th August to 31th August, so seminar participants can tour the most influential Modernist buildings in Turku and region such as TS building and Paimio sanatorium by Alvar Aalto, Atrium and Hospitz Betel, the Resurrection chapel by Erik Bryggman, the chapel of Holy Cross by Pekka Pitkänen as well as selection of post-war “New Empiricism” and type houses influenced by Aalto and Bryggman. See below for details:

     

    Participants can also explore the sites on their own, for instance using the NAVI portal:

    navi.finnisharchitecture.fi

     

    Speakers:

     

    Marija Dremaite, University of Vilnius

    Finnish Impact on Modern Architecture in Lithuania in the 1960’s

    Karin Hallas-Murula, Tallinn university of Technology

    Links of Estonian architecture with Finnish classicism and functionalism in 1920’s and 1930’s.

    Tommi Lindh, Alvar Aalto foundation

    International influence of Alvar Aalto

    Booking: info@bryggman.fi, include clearly name and possible special diets

    Excursions and tours on 29th August to 31st August:

     

    Book Magni Mundi tours at their website: https://www.magnimundi.fi/alvaraaltoweek/

     

    Thursday 29th August

     

    14.00 – 15.30 Chapels and the Turku Graveyard (Magni Mundi)

     

    The tour presents the two major Modernist chapels on the Turku graveyard;
    The Resurrection Chapel by Erik Bryggman (1938-1941) and The Chapel of the Holy Cross by Pekka Pitkänen.

     

    Start at Hautausmaantie 21 (Resurrection chapel), Turku

     

    18.00-20.00 Paimio sanatorium (Magni Mundi)

     

    Theme Young architects Aino and Alvar Aalto.  
    Tour includes stairs.

     

    Alvar Aallontie 275, Paimio

     

    Friday 30th August

     

    10.00  Aalto& Bryggman - Pioneering modernists (Magni Mundi)

     

    Start at Visit Turku info point, Aurakatu 2, Turku 

     

    18.00 – 20.00 Paimio sanatorium (Magni Mundi)

     

    Theme Cultural History of Sanatorium. Tour includes stairs.

     

    Alvar Aallontie 275, Paimio

     

    Saturday 31st August

     

    11.00 – 13.00 Legacy of Functionalism, Arava housing, type houses

    During and after the World War II, functionalist principles were applied to housing in Finland in wide scale. Type houses were built already in 1940 based on Swedish funds. On the initiative of Alvar Aalto, architect union founded a standardisation office, which starting from 1942 created the groundwork for type plans for villas and standardised solutions, "RT-cards" for other projects. The so called "veteran's houses" were built in large scale around Finland in post-war period to house veterans, invalids and refugees from Karelia. High-rise construction was more difficult due to lack of funds and materials until the Arava loans were started in 1949. However, the architecture had also to adapt to the realities such as lack of materials and modern technology. This resulted in a style which is named "uusromantiikka" in Finnish, "New Empiricism" in English and "Nyrealism" in Swedish.

    During the tour we will see different exampes from 1940’s and 1950’s in Martti and Mäntymäki areas.

    Walking tour 2 hours. Start from Martti church, Huovinkatu 5, Turku.
    The guidance price, 10 euros basic / 5 euros pensioner, student, under 18-years, unemployed
    Guide: Representative of Bryggman institute, non-fiction author Mikko Laaksonen
    Booking: info@bryggman.fi

     

     

     

    Exhibitions open during the period

     

    Turku main library, new building by JKMM (2007)

     

    Linnankatu 4, open Mon - Fri 09:00 - 20:00, Sat 10:00 - 16:00, Sun 12:00 - 18:00

    Alvar Aalto, Erik Bryggman and Functionalism, Knowledge section, first floor
    Finnish, Swedish, English

     

    Funkis in Finland,  Main aula, entrance floor

     

    English

     

  • Crisply Nordic: Architect Erik Bryggman Exhibition in Estonia. Tallinn 5 Jan to 23 Feb, Tartu 26 Feb to 9 Mar


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    Erik Bryggman (1891–1955) was one of the most significant Finnish architects of his time. At the beginning of his career he designed a number of residential buildings in Turku in the Nordic Classicism style, which are considered some of the finest examples of this style in Finland. In 1927–1929 he, together with architects Alvar Aalto and Hilding Ekelund, introduced Functionalism to Finland. The Turku Fair (1929), designed jointly by Aalto and Bryggman, was a manifesto for Functionalism. The Vierumäki Sports Institute (1931–36), the Åbo Akademi University Book Tower (1934–35) and Sampo House (1936–38) are key Functionalist buildings in Finland. The Resurrection Chapel (1938–41) in Turku established Modernism in the design of Finnish churches.  During the post-war reconstruction era Bryggman designed a number of schools, hospitals and residential buildings. His final design works include the Lappeenranta, Lohja and Honkanummi Funerary Chapels and the restoration of Turku Castle (1939-1961).

    The Bryggman institute and the Estonian museum of architecture have combined an exhibition presenting Erik Bryggman’s architecture, which includes four themes: The timeline of Bryggman’s architecture, churches and chapels, villas and Bryggman’s co-operation with visual artists. The exhibition includes also models. The exhibition is based on Mikko Laaksonen’s book “Architect Erik Bryggman: Works” (Rakennustieto, 2016).

    The exhibition of 41 panels of size 70 x 100 cm, is available for other exhibitions from April on. Preliminary reservations from August to October 2019. Current languages include Finnish, English, Swedish and Estonian. Inquiries info@bryggman.fi

    Estonian museum of architecture:

    Viron arkkitehtuurimuseo, Ahtri 2, Tallinn, open Wed-Fri 11-18, Sat-Sun 10-18

    Tickets & details: https://www.arhitektuurimuuseum.ee/

    Galleria Nooruse, Riia 11, Tartu, open Tue-Sat  11-18, free entry

    https://www.artcol.ee/en/gallery-noorus/

    Opening in Tartu, Galleria Nooruse, Riia 11

    Tue 26th Feb 17.00

    Mikko Laaksonen presents the exhibition in English

    Classicism, functionalism and traditionalism in central Tallinn

    Walking tour 5 Jan 12.00 to 14.30

    Start at Tallinn fire station, Raua 2

    In central Tallinn there are several buildings by Erik Bryggman’s contemporaries such as Eugen Habermann, Herbert Johanson, Anton Soans. Also, Finnish architects such as Armas Lindgren, Wivi Lönn and Eliel Saarinen have built in central Tallinn. Good shoes and warm or waterproof clothing depending on day’s weather.

    Guidance 5 euros. Languages Finnish and English.

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