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By Mia Hipeli

This most up-to-date addition to the Alvar Aalto Foundation's formidable sequence of books is
the such a lot outstanding but. Aalto's layout for the campus for Jyväskylä collage of schooling, within the small rural city the place the architect grew up, is among the first competitions the grasp Modernist gained as an rising energy within the early Fifties. The campus, with its late-19th-century structures, had to be extended and repaired; Aalto's scheme exhibits his mastery of making an openness that allowed ample mild and panorama to turn into a part of the constructions. With a wealth of photographs and renderings, together with formerly unpublished fabric equivalent to the contest drawings, and unrealized tasks by way of the Aalto workplace from an analogous period. Texts by means of Aalto students Päivi Lukkarinen and Mari Forsberg.

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The point chosen for the new library is the focal point of the whole university area. The library will be built with a central courtyard system, with two levels above ground floor and a book depository below ground. By alternating tall and low buildings, a dense building group is achieved, aiming for the functional advantages of the “shortest distance” in the work environment at the university. As the old buildngs gradually disappear, what will emerge is a concentrated univeristy structure, while the other areas will remain a park without dispersed buildings.

For Aalto the university represented the highest category of building that could be built in his home town at that time. Aalto had wished for and received the commission to design JKK. Consequently, he got to draw out his own personal pattern on the map of Jyväskylä and realise the dream of his youth to refine the ridge landscape of his home town. But above all, Aalto was allowed to give the “Athens of Finland” what it was lacking – an acropolis where the civilization bound to the Finnish language and the nature of Central Finland come together in the symbol of European civilization.

Perhaps one reason for this is the softer character of the materials used in the earlier 1950s, when, for instance, the brick industry had not yet honed its products to exact and carefully finished dimensions. 107 118 A scale model made following the competition stage. 119 Alvar Aalto and Albin Stark’s plan for the city centre of Avesta, Sweden, broke up the lines of the grid plan. The plan contains several motifs which later were used in the design of the Jyväskylä Teacher Training College. First floor plan.

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