Architect
Alvar Aalto
Completion
1919
Category
Assembly buildings
Tags
Nordic Classicism wood youth centre

The building of the Alajärvi Youth Association was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1919, and built immediately in the same year. A clubhouse built of logs, it has vertical weatherboarding and hipped roof, giving the building something of the air of a castle.

The high roof was not, however an end in itself: it was motivated by the central assembly hall, which, has herring-bone strutting to provide sufficient height for a theatre stage along one wall and an orchestra balcony above a side room in the other wall.

The building is crowned by a lantern in noble ‘Caroline’ (late 17th century) style. The two symmetrical wings originally formed a cour d’honneur, but were later linked with a verandah-like entrance hall.

Source: Alvar Aalto Foundation

Location

Alajärvi
62.9991099, 23.8213393

Images

Main façade, Alajärvi Youth Association Building
Main façade, Alajärvi Youth Association Building (© Maija Holma / Alvar Aalto Foundation)
Street façade, Alajärvi Youth Association Building
Street façade, Alajärvi Youth Association Building (© Maija Holma / Alvar Aalto Foundation)
Original drawing by Alvar Aalto, Alajärvi Youth Association Building
Original drawing by Alvar Aalto, Alajärvi Youth Association Building (© Alvar Aalto Foundation)

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