I hope your summers have been as great as mine! The colorful autumn has now arrived to the Aalto city of Jyväskylä and it is once again time to sit down and recapture the past summer. A lot has happened then. As already announced in April I had plans to tour all the remaining Aalto sites in North, Central and Southern Europe, 10 sites altogether. It was a long but rewarding trip and I am happy to now share all these new sites with you in the upcoming posts.
|Bus to Turku|
After enjoying a beautiful and warm summer day in Turku it was about time to leave Finland behind and get on the night-ferry to Stockholm. The crossing was very pleasant and I arrived early next morning in Sweden.
|Departing Turku by ferry|
After a short walk I reached the Stockholm metro also called Tunnelbana which took me to the Stockholm Central. From there I was able to catch the early morning train to Uppsala. The journey to Uppsala took about 40 minutes. This was also the first trip with my 15 days in 1 month Interrail Global Flexi-Pass.
|Inter City train to Uppsala|
Site No. 62: Västmanlands-Dala Student Union Building in Uppsala / Sweden (1961-65)
Only two blocks away from the impressive cathedral located in St. Larsgatan 13 is the Västmanlands-Dala Student Union Building designed by Alvar Aalto, which was the actual main reason I visited Uppsala. The impressive two towers of the church are still very visible at the Aalto site. The Aalto building is located at the end of the street and therefore three sides are visible. While the backside looks first a bit unspectacular and might only be identified as Aalto's work by its white color, the front is very impressive as its windows and inside visible staircases remind the visitor immediately of the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki which dates back to the same time. Outstanding are also the two cross-braces, visible on both the front and back site of the building, that look a bit like stabilizers of a ship.
At the main entrance there is also some information about the architect Alvar Aalto who was commissioned for designing this building in Swedish and Finnish.
|Train to Avesta|
Site No. 63: Sundh Centre Commercial Residential Building in Avesta / Sweden (1957-61)
The Sundh Centre locally also known as the "Aalto Huset" or Aalto House dominates the small city centre of Avesta although not located in the very centre of the town. Especially its tallest building can be seen from all over the city centre. Interesting about the Sundh Centre is that the entire building is coated with dark blue tiles, something Aalto rarely did anywhere else. The only building I can recall is the Town Hall of Seinäjoki. Depending on the light and the angle of the viewer it seems as the building is changing its color.
Besides residential apartments the building complex features also several shops and a Chinese restaurant.
|Inter City train to Stockholm|
After I spent a great evening in Stockholm I got on the night train to Malmö heading finally south.