• Architect Erik Bryggman: Works. Book presentation thu 15. Dec. 6-8 PM, Argentina-hall, Kåren, Hämeenkatu 22, Turku
  • The author, Mikko Laaksonen, presents the new book, with emphasis on new discoveries and information. The presentation is in Finnish, but the presentation materials and the book are also in English and the author will answer questions in English.

    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. In addition to these, Architect Erik Bryggman: Works also presents his final design works, the Lappeenranta, Lohja and Honkanummi Funerary Chapels, buildings that have been only rarely featured in previous publications on Bryggman, as well as his key private commissions, such as private homes, farmhouses and villas.

    The book presents all of Bryggman’s realized works as well as those major unimplemented works that had a significant influence on the development of his architecture. The illustrations include photographs of the historical and current situations of the works as well as picture material from the Erik Bryggman drawings archive. The book is intended for researchers, students and all those interested in modern architecture.

    Non-fiction writer Mikko Laaksonen MA (b. 1975) acts as a representative of the Bryggman Institute. He has previously written the books Turun puutalot [Turku wooden houses] (2016), Turun seutu kartoin [The Turku Region in Maps] (2015), Turun seudun arkkitehtuuriopas [Turku Region Architecture Guide] (2013, together with Juri Nummelin) and Turun raitiotiet [Turku Tramways] (2008).

    Picture: Villa Roland Lund, Pargas, Erik Bryggman 1940-1944

  • Architecture of Erik Bryggman in Gdańsk: Lecture 24th May at 7 PM, exhibition 25th to 31st of May

  • The exhibition “Architecture of Erik Bryggman” is presented in Gdańsk in May. The exhibition is at the Polish Architects’ union space at the Court of order of St George, Strzelnica Św. Jerzego, Targ Węglowy 27 and is open 10 AM to 6 PM.

    On 24th May at 7 PM, the representative of the Bryggman institute, Mikko Laaksonen, will give a lecture on “Architecture of Erik Bryggman” at Instytut Kultury Miejskiej, Długi Targ 39/40.
    Both exhibition and the lecture are free of charge.

    Professor Jacek Dominiczak has arranged the visiting exhibition, which is a co-operation of  Bryggman Institute, Instytut Kultury Miejskiej, Gdańsk, Polish Architect’s union  Stowarzyszenie Architektów Polskich Gdańsk branch and Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts. After the visit in Gdańsk, the exhibition is available for other visits in Poland.

  • Erik Bryggman 125 – year jubilee, events in May and June

    Erik Bryggman (1891-1955) is one of the most important architects of Finland. In 2016, we are celebrating his 125 – year anniversary. Here are some picks for those interested in his architecture.


    Bryggman restored the Turku castle (1946-1961) together with his daughter Carin Bryggman (1920-1993), an interior designer. Olli Kestilä finished the architectural solutions. In the castle, there is an impressive exhibiton on the restoration since 11th May, with all texts in English



    Until 14th May, there is also two trilingual Finnish – Swedish – English exhibitions. At Eerikinkatu 2, in Pop up Garden, one can learn how Erik Bryggman and Alvar Aalto introduced Functionalism to Finland with Turku Fair in 1929. At the Åbo Akademi library, Tuomiokirkonkatu 2, designed by Bryggman in 1934-1935 there is an exhibition of Bryggman's cards and letters from the library collections.


    During 13th and 14th May, several Bryggman sites are open. There are walking tours on Friday starting at 2 PM and 4 PM and on Saturday starting at noon and 2 PM from the square between Yliopistonkatu 27 and 29. The guided tour takes around 2 hours, the price is 10 euros or 5 euros for children, students, unemployed and pensioners. The guides can, by request, guide also in English.

    The Resurrection chapel, 1938-1941 is Bryggman's major work. In it, he fuses modernist main solution with influences from classicism as well as medieval churches. It led to final acceptance of modernism by the Finnish Evangelical-Lutheran chuch. The chapel at Hautausmaantie 21, is open on 13th and 14th May from 4PM to 5PM. Karoliina Vitikainen presents the chapel, by request also in English.


    There will be several guided tours to various objects during May and June in Turku area

    • Bryggman's Kupittaa and Vasaramäki, sun 22 May 1 PM to 3 PM Start: Kupittaa park, St Henrik's fountain. Guide Karoliina Vitikainen

    • Bryggman guided tour to Martti without existing Bryggman buildings. Sun 29 May 2 PM to 4 PM. Guide Mikko Laaksonen

    • Paimio Sanatorium and Bryggman's and Aalto's co-operation. Sat 4 June 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM. Paimio Sanatorium. Guide Mikko Laaksonen

    • 1920's classicism and Bryggman in eastern City centre. Tue 7 June 6 PM to 8 PM. Start Olavinpuisto, Kaskenkatu 2. Guide Mikko Laaksonen

    • Erik Bryggman and 1940-50's architecture . Tue 14 June 6 PM to 8 PM. Start Turku concert hall. Guide Mikko Laaksonen

    Pricing for guided tours: 10 euros or 5 euros for children, students, unemployed and pensioners. Request guidance in English from the guide.

    Inquiries and reservations:

  • Erik Bryggman and Alvar Aalto, from nordic classicism to functionalism Su 30 Aug 1 PM - 3 PM in Turku
  • Walking tour presents development of Erik Bryggman's and Alvar Aalto's architecture from nordic classicism to functionalism


    Bryggman: Hospitz Betel, Atrium, Sampo house,  Brahenkatu 9, Seurahuone hotel

    Aalto: Southwest Finland Farmer’s co-operative, Standard rental house, Turun Sanomat house Presentation of Turku fair in 1929.


    Walking tour 2 h. Start at 1 PM from plaza between Hospitz Betel and Atrium, between Yliopistonkatu 27 – 29.

    Guidance in both Finnish and English


    Guide representative of Bryggman institute, writer of architectural guide of Turku Region, Mikko Laaksonen
    Price 10 e / normal, 5 e under 18, student, unemployed, pensioner


     Good shoes and clothing according to weather
    Reservation of places: or 040-7202256


  • Internation Summer School of Architecture 2011 in Turku
  • The International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP) will arrange its next international summer school in Turku in August 2011. The Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (Aalto University/YTK) is preparing the course jointly with The City of Turku Planning Office and Bryggman Institute.

    Young architects, planners, and students from around the world meet to offer fresh viewpoints on a topic presented by the City of Turku. The course, which has lately met in Turku every other summer, has previously examined e.g. a pedestrian bridge over Aura River, and invisible places in the city.
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