Finlandia Hall (Finlandiatalo) Tours

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Finlandia Hall (Finlandiatalo)

Finlandia Hall (or Finlandiatalo) is Helsinki's concert and congress hall. It is also an architecture masterpiece by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898 - 1976) who was sometimes referred to as the Father of Modernism. In Helsinki, Aalto wanted to realize the major plan for a grand square and avenue flanked by cultural buildings, including the Parliament Building, first thought of by Eliel Saarinen in 1917 when Finland became independent of Russia. He drew plans for a grand center to Helsinki in 1961 and modified them in 1964 and 1971; you could say the city was a lifelong project of his.

Finlandia Hall was designed in 1962 and built between 1967 and 1972. The congress wing followed in 1973 - 75. For Aalto it was a major part of realizing his grand plan. The building shows many of his ongoing concerns - few right angles, design around existing trees on the site, the use of Italian marble and Finnish granite. The building is worth visiting but you can only do so on a guided tour, held on irregular days in the afternoons - check the website for dates.

Practical Info

Trams 4, 7 and 10 go to Finlandia Hall, get off at the stop for the National Museum.

Location
Address: Mannerheimintie 13e, Helsinki 00100, Finland
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Hours: Open Mon - Fri 7:30am - 5pm. Tour availability varies
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Admission: Adults: € 10.50, Children: € 8.50
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