Accounting for the length of this post and my interests in multiple styles of music, below are two options of soundtracks for your enjoyment. Choose wisely, but feel free to scroll back up and play the other if you’d like more time to browse this post:
Option 1: This is another cover (I’m having trouble finding original songs to post) by a fellow from Germany (That is close enough to Finland, right?):
Option 2: You should have seen this coming…
Because of the significant amount of work Alvar Aalto had done for this University (formerly 3 different universities, if I understand the history correctly…), this school was named Aalto University and is home to some of the Finnish Architect’s masterpieces. The most prominent of which (in my mind) is the lecture hall pictured above (and below).
As with most of Aalto’s work, the exterior of the building is a rather simple form.
The interior is (as is typical per Aalto) clean and beautifully detailed.
The somewhat understated appearance of the exterior and interior spaces make the inside of the lecture hall that much more miraculous.
In case you are wondering, yes. That is a class taking a test. We quietly snuck in and distracted a hundred or so students with camera clicking and architectural “ooh-ing” and “awe-ing”.
The cove lighting in the space was fantastic too!
After seeing a good sampling of Aalto’s work, it is in my opinion that the best work he does is library work.
I think I particularly like it because the color of the books compliments his plain white and raw material aesthetics tremendously. Also his knack for daylighting strategies compliments the program of the typical library exceedingly well.
Aalto also seems to have the rare ability to define rooms within a space without the use of walls (I think this may be the sign of an architectural master, like Frank Lloyd Wright and the rest of the “Typical Architecture Hero” crew).
There are also other significant works of architecture on the campus done by architects other than Aalto. The Otaniemi Chapel by Heikki and Kaija Siren is another example of a beautiful, Finnish chapel.
The cross is located just outside the chapel and is framed by a wall of glazing that also captures the nature surrounding the building.
The star of the show is the roof structure along which daylight spills into the space.
I don’t recall what this building is or if it is even architecturally significant. Its just a cool picture I guess.
The student union building for the university is also noteworthy. Though I am still uncertain as to whether or not I like the building, I am certain that it is unique.
The interior also has… things happening…
However, in my mind, the exterior is easier to photograph (a good measure of the quality of architecture? Probably not…).
There is so much more that is happening on this campus that went un-documented, but I think this post probably hit all the high points!
We’ve got spirit, yes we do!
We’ve got spirit, how bout you?!
(Traditional Finnish school spirit chant)