• 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:




    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:, include clearly name and possible special diets

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


    Book Magni Mundi tours at their website:


    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




    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