Aalto Museum - Jyäskylä

From my point of view, the most amazing collection of Aalto philosophy of design is able to be found in the Aalto Museum of Jyväskylä.
We went there couple of weekends ago, and it was, from the city, what I liked the most. It is located close to the University,  it is sited on a slope leading down towards Lake Jyväsjärvi. Completed in 1973, the building, together with the Museum of Central Finland (Alvar Aalto 1961) form a centre of culture in the vicinity of the University of Jyväskylä (Alvar Aalto 1951-1971).

We had to pay a 2€ fee for the access, (with the student discount) and we were there for 2 hours (and another 45 minutes in the café), so trust me when I say that it is worth visiting.

Entrance of Aalto Museum

Aalto Store. Verkkokauppa (in finnish)
 This time I couldn't resist and I did some shopping... One measuring tape designed by artek and a new moleskine, is there any better place to start a new moleskine than in Aalto Museum?

Up we go!

Finnish average house. Aalto furniture and overhead lighting.
Model of the church of the three crosses (Imatra). Awesome.
Taking pictures of Aalto experimental house for the blog...
Muuratsalo experimental house model.
Among his original drawings, sketches and models, in the inside of the museum we can find a 1:1 model showing a piece of the cladding that Aalto designed for the Finnish Pavilion for New York's Exhibition in 1939. It is a wonderful space, I wouldn't believe that it was designed almost 40 years ago... I would believe it is from nowadays.

Inside the museum
Detail of the cladding 
Model of the Finnish Pavilion 
Prefabricated Aalto chairs. We find this furniture in every single place of Finland. In the architecture studios, at school, in the stores, I even have one at home (I'm sitting on it right now!)
By the end of the post I am giving you a link that shows how to bend plywood, so you can learn how they are doing this kind of furniture.

Components of the Artek most produced furniture.
How to bend the wood.
Machine used for bending the wood. The process takes quite long.
After watching the whole exhibition we took some time just sitting around and enjoying the museum. There was almost nobody and the feeling was amazing. I would never get tired of being surrounded by such nice piece of arts. I was sitting in front of his chairs writing, drawing, just relaxing and enjoying finnish peaceful way of live...

Nuk in Finland
Sweet celebration of the experience at the Alvar Café.
We'll be back
Interesting links:
Alvar Aalto Museum
Finnish Pavillion (ESP)
How to bend plywood

University of Jyväskyä - Alvar Aalto 1951

La Universidad de Jyväskylä (Yjäskylän Ylioposto en finés) es también conocida como la ciudad de las ciencias y las artes, por la cantidad de centros educativos que posee.
Fundada en 1934, comenzó llamándose "Escuela Superior de Ciencias Pedagógicas" hasta que en 1966 se le cambió el nombre por el que conserva actualmente.

Universidad adaptada al paso del tiempo, su prestigio internacional se debe a la calidad de la enseñanza, al igual que en las Universidades de Helsinki y Tampere. 

El espíritu cultural de la ciudad de Jväskylä se refleja claramente a través de los campues, en sus jardines y edificios. Obra de Alvar Aalto y Arto Sipinen. En esta entrada os quiero mostrar la aportación de Aalto al campus de la ciudad en le vio crecer, con el objetivo de que podáis comparar este campus con el de Otaniemi

Plan general. Alvar Aalto
Facultad de Pedagogía.

Acceso a la cafetería de Pedagogía.

Soga Soga Tizón, Soga Soga Tizón...

La poética del espacio público

Detalle de una esquina  >90°

Green Roof de principios del SXX

Frente a mi fachada preferida

Links de interés:
Base de datos de dibujos de Alvar Aalto, Universidad de Jyväskylä http://file.alvaraalto.fi/search.php?id=164

Express trip to Jyväskylä

Last weekend we did a super fast trip to Jyväskylä. Too short for all the stuff we wanted to see, so I guess we should return as I can't miss Alvar Aalto master pieces in Säynätsalo and its surroundings.

It was a bit messy, and as I forgot all the information about the trip at home we had to make several phone calls to be able to know the name of the hostel, the address...but finally we made it.
We got there by regular train, and we took our bikes with us (tho once there we realized that renting the bikes at Aalto Museum is 10€ first day, but we would have taken the risk that they were all rented...)

In Finland every single thing is thought to be done by bike, it is amazing. (taking the bike is 9€ each way) and the trains are very comfortable.

Our bikes in the train. Finland is awesome!
Some troubles trying to find the hostel...
As we were going up and down through the city by bike we took the opportunity to visit random places around it and also some interesting Aalto buildings.
It really caught my attention the way the city is think for the kids. Many parks for kids, with huge installations for playing, made of wood, with stone sculpture... If I had to choose a place in Finland to have my kids, Jyväskylä would be that.

Nice streets for and by kids in the north of the city
Among the rain, we went to the new University of Jyväskylä, place on the other side of the lake, it reminds me of the cultura center of Tapiola, so as we guessed, and did well, it was projected by Arto Sipinen in 1999. The old University, place close to Aalto master piece, was also projected by him in 1969.

New University of Jyväskylä, Arto Sipinen 1999

Part of the new campus
It is quite easy to reach the new University by bike. Surrounding by deep forest, the relief is flat, and the bridge is a nice gate for entering to a temple of wisdom, as an University is.
Stylish bridge that connects the city with the new University
Another interesting thing to see is the city is the old Police Station. I wrote "old" because nowadays the use has changed, it is mixed with the theater but we couldn't guess precisely what it was.
It was projected by Alvar Aalto in 1970. Inspired by Le Corbusier, Aalto used the concrete in a massive/poetic way that I admire.
Detail of the curve of the concrete roof

Detail of how Aalto treated the concrete. Notre Dame du-Haut?
Contrast between materials and control of the scale. The more I know Aalto, the more I like his architecture.
The other side of the curve
Is such a pleasure to understand his way of making architecture...
Contrast of shapes
And here there are some interesting pictures... more to come in next posts...

Jyväskylä train station. By Kjisik, around 1995
Me at the Aalto Museum watching Aalto movie surrounded by Aalto posters, and Aalto funiture, and Aalto...
Aalto is in the air
We took some time on Sunday before we left for going to the Church of the city, read a bit about its history and rest for sometime, it was raining outside and we were quite tired of biking.
Church of the city
On our way back home, we left the train in Pasila and we went through Munkkiniemi, beautiful residential area that I would love to show in this blog as soon as I can.

 The way back home, going thought Munkkiniemi

Interesting links...
Trains in Helsinki
Aalto Museum
Arto Sipinen
Harris and Kjisik architects