Säynätsalo town hall (1949–52)

Photo: Tero Takalo-Eskola

Photo: Tero Takalo-Eskola

Photo: Tero Takalo-Eskola


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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


Opening hours:

Until August 31st:

every day noon-6 pm

 

September 1st – September 30th

Saturday 10 am – 3 pm

Monday noon - 6 pm

Wednesday noon - 6 pm

Friday noon - 6 pm

 

October 1st – October 31st

Saturday 10 am – 3 pm

Wednesday noon - 6 pm

 

On November open on booking beforehand.

 

December 1st – April 30th 2019

Saturday 10 am – 3 pm

Wednesday noon - 6 pm

 

Other opening times on request.


Entrance fees

Adult 8 €/person
Child 4 €/person
Familyticket (1-2 adults + children) 20 €
Group ticket over 5 persons 4 €/person
Group ticket over 20 persons 80 €/group

Entrance fee includes half an hour guiding, guidances at 13, 15 and 17 o'clock. Visits outside the opening hours, extra fee for door opening 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

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
info@tavolobianco.com
http://www.tavolobianco.com
 

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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
info@tavolobianco.com
http://www.tavolobianco.com

Equipment and additional services

  • Guides by arrangement