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Muurame Church by Alvar Aalto. The church is white and covered with snow.
Muurame Church by Alvar Aalto. Photo: Martti Kapanen / Alvar Aalto Museum.

Literal to Open: the Design Development of Aalto’s Churches

Literal to Open: the Design Development of Aalto’s Churches
SAT 28.11. AT 13.00 (UTC+2)
Säynätsalo Town hall, jyväskylä

Throughout his prolific career, Alvar Aalto designed and collaborated on the design of furniture, lamps, glassware and hundreds of buildings. Aalto readily adapted not only lessons from external sources, such as international architecture, artworks, and natural formations, but also continuously developed his own design approaches typologically. 

The lecture will be given by Tammy Gaber. Gaber is an Associate Professor at the McEwen School of Architecture, Laurentian University in Sudbury, Canada. She has visited Finland several times in the past and is currently on an academic sabbatical, spending time in Aalto residency in Säynätsalo Town Hall and Jyväskylä for this research.

Gaber will focus on the typology of the worship spaces and will demonstrate that there was a continued, mostly linear, development of this particular type throughout the half-century of Aalto’s architectural career. With a detailed study of unbuilt and built church (and parish) projects, through archival studies of design sketches and site visits to a number of the built projects, Gaber will identify three distinct phases of church (and parish) design by Aalto that were both chronological and iterative. 

The lecture is on November 28, 2020, at 1 pm EET, to attend in-person at Säynätsalo Town Hall. The event can also be viewed via live stream. To receive the link to live stream contact: