Alvar Aalto Medal 50th anniversary

Jubilee exhibition
Large exhibition hall 13.9.–c. 25.2.2018

The Alvar Aalto Medal was founded in 1967 in honour of the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. It was designed by Aalto and is awarded to living architects in recognition of outstanding creative achievement in the field of architecture. Over the past five decades, the medal has been awarded to a noteworthy group of architects from around the world.
The Museum of Finnish Architecture will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Alvar Aalto Medal by showcasing every winner of the medal from its founding year to the present day. The award will now be conferred for the thirteenth time in conjunction with a related symposium. Currently awarded every three years, the Alvar Aalto Medal is presented by the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA, the Architectural Society, the Alvar Aalto Foundation and the City of Helsinki.

Alvar Aalto Medal 2017

Small exhibition hall 13.9.–19.11.2017

The small exhibition hall will host an exhibition highlighting the winner of the Alvar Aalto Medal for 2017. The winner will be announced at a special reception to be held on 5.9.2017 at Finlandia Hall.

Landscapes, architecture and tourism in Lapland

Small exhibition hall 29.11.–c. 25.2.2018

This exhibition in the small exhibition hall offers eye-opening perspectives on Lapland and the superb architecture created to serve the local tourist industry.
Promoting tourism in Lapland was part of a great patriotic mission in Finland in the early 20th century. Immaculate architecture, interior design and landscaping were harnessed to serve the tourist industry until the 1960s. The Finnish Tourist Association, the government and the government-owned alcohol monopoly hired talented architects, interior architects and designers to create inspiring new tourism hubs and high-end interiors. Some of these buildings attracted international attention and became sightseeing attractions in themselves. With the advent of mass tourism and downhill skiing, National Romanticism and its subtle dialogue with the landscape were usurped by a more functional style of architecture serving the practical needs of tourism.
The exhibition is based a doctoral thesis by Harri Hautajärvi, PhD: Autiotuvista lomakaupunkeihin. Lapin matkailun arkkitehtuurihistoria (From wilderness huts to holiday resorts: the architectural history of tourism in Lapland) Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Architecture; Aalto ARTS Books 2014, 433 pages.