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Säynätsalo town hall (1949–52)

Kuvat: Alvar Aalto-museo, Maija Holma

Kuvat: Alvar Aalto-museo, Maija Holma

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Photos: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto museum

Constructed between 1949 and 1952, Säynätsalo Town Hall is among Alvar Aalto’s most significant works. It holds a special status in the history of twentieth-century architecture. This unique building attracted attention even at the construction stage. Since completion, the building has attracted visitors from all over the world: groups of students and architects as well as individual visitors. Today, about 3,000–4,000 people visit the site every year. Some say that the town hall has made Säynätsalo the best-known island in Finland internationally. Source: www.jyvaskyla.fi/saynatsalo/english/townhall

An invitational competition was held for the design of Säynätsalo Town Hall in 1949. Aalto created a distinctive monument for the small municipality of Säynätsalo. This castle-like red brick building has an elevated courtyard with entrances to the administrative offices and the library. Located higher than the rest of the building, the council chamber dominates the area. The building also has apartments and commercial facilities, some of which have been converted for other purposes. Aalto monitored the construction of the town hall with great care. It is regarded as one of his main works. Source: Alvar Aalto Museum

Säynätsalo Town Hall is open on reguests. Please contact us at least week before your planned arrival.
4.10. – 6.11.2017 contacts:
Tel. +39 340 089 9314

7.11. – 31.12.2017 contacts:
Tel. +358 40 1971 091

Door opening and guiding 8 €/person,but at least 20 €. 

The Säynätsalo Town Hall has two single rooms and two larger apartments available for visitors for both short and long term stay. More information here and booking at booking.com tai AirBnb

Online presentation: www3.jkl.fi/saynatsalo/townhall

Bus connections
Buses 16 and 16M from Kauppatori, Jyväskylä Market Place to Säynätsalo every half an hour.


Contact information

Parviaisentie 9,
40900 Säynätsalo, Jyväskylä
tel. +358 40 1971 091


Contact information

The symbols indicate the distance from Kompassiaukio (Compass Square) in the centre of Jyväskylä. (Source: Google Maps)
23 min

Parviaisentie 9,
40900 Säynätsalo, Jyväskylä
tel. +358 40 1971 091

Equipment and additional services

  • Guides by arrangement