As already promised earlier here is now the first update on Alvar Aalto's architecture in Jyväskylä. Today I would like to start with one of the buildings that belongs to the University of Jyväskylä, maybe one of the most outstanding Aalto buildings this very university owns: the faculty of sport and health sciences. As I already stated in an earlier post (http://alvaraaltosarchitecture.blogspot.fi/2011/04/university-of-jyvaskyla-2.html) this was the last building designed by Alvar Aalto for the University of Jyväskylä. Unless the other buildings of the university main campus this building was built in the new "white period" design.
For more pictures from the outside please use the link above. This post however is dedicated to the inside of the building which had undergone an extensive renovation that took more than a year. After the renovation was completed a open door day was held and I used my chance to have a look at some areas of the building you might not be able to access normally. There were also some lectures held on the history of the building. I think one of the most remarkable things I learned there, was that the building had been brought back into the exact same stage as when it was completed first in 1971. As the way of building had developed during this 40 years some specialists had to be called in that were still able to complete the work the way it was done in the 1970s. A lot of effort was put into keeping the building exactly the way it was designed which I think is really outstanding. Only minor changes were made in order to accomodate IT and wireless internet access however, this needed a lot of creativity to not alternate the original design of the building. It was a great experience to stroll through this completely renovated building. It was also a kind of journey 40 years back to the time when Alvar Aalto was still alive, handing over this brand new masterpiece to the University of Jyväskylä!