Finland's West Coast

Although Alvar Aalto designed the town theatre in 1968, its construction was not completed until the 1980s (under the supervision of his wife and partner, Elissa Aalto). The foyer is a showroom for design pieces from the Aaltos' company, Artek, as well as Alvar's collection of striking bentwood reliefs.

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Nearby Finland's West Coast attractions

1. Kaupunginkirjasto

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With its distinctive fan-shaped tail, Alvar Aalto's Public Library is a stunner. Inside, the grid windows cast spectacular decorative light and shadows on…

2. Kaupungintalo

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The glittering blue-tiled wave-like crest of the town hall incorporates architect Alvar Aalto's 'signature' (aalto is Finnish for wave).

3. Lakeuden Risti Kirkko

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Alvar Aalto’s crowning achievement, Lakeuden Risti Church, is recognisable by its oddly secular steeple–clock tower (built with funds from a voluntary…

4. Suojeluskunta & Lotta Svärd Museo

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Designed by Alvar Aalto, this historic house was built in the 1920s for the use of the civil guard and the Lotta Svärd organisation (a voluntary women's…

5. Pirunpesä

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OK, so it's a hole in the ground. But it's a deep one (23m), caused by millions of years of glacial erosion. You can descend a metal staircase into the…