• 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.

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