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Design contest launched for Alvar Aalto Museum extension

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The Alvar Aalto Foundation has launched an open international competition for a new extension connecting the Alvar Aalto Museum and Museum of Central Finland

The project aims to create an ‘attractive and high-quality’ cultural district incorporating the two Aalto-designed buildings in the centre of Jyväskylä.

Originally intended to be linked together, the iconic structures are examples of the Finnish architect’s era of mature output which is also known as the ‘white period’.

Awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 1957, Aalto was renowned for his Gesamtkunstwerk – meaning ‘total work of art’ approach to design.

Completed in 1973 and 1961 respectively, the two buildings are located a short distance from the Aalto-designed University of Jyväskylä.

The new extension will improve the museums’ overall functionality while also allowing shared use across the two buildings and upgrading outdoor areas.

Aalto Foundation director Tommi Lindh said: ‘Competition entries are expected to be of an architecturally high standard.’

‘The primary criteria are that the winning entry should suit this nationally important cultural environment, and that it should find a way of creating a natural link with Alvar Aalto’s architecture.’

A winner will be announced on Aalto’s birthday – 3 February – next year.

The deadline for registration is 4pm local time on 16 October.




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