May 22: around Turku 1
While the others returned to Helsinki as before, James and I continued on to Turku in order to take an overnight ferry to Stockholm. We had the whole afternoon to explore around town first.
Hey look, it's the Omenahotelli we stayed at on the Southern Finland tour! What I never mentioned to you back then is that the Omenahotelli is located in this early building by Alvar Aalto, the Lounais-Suomen Maalaistentalo (Southwest Finland Agricultural Cooperative Building), completed in 1928.
The Maalaistentalo is an example of Nordic classicism stripped down so far that it has basically become functionalist/modernist in style. Strikingly, there are these classical figures lurking on the ceiling of the street-awning roof.
Although this is rather austere in composition, I quite like the materials involved — the dark gray bricks infilling the near-white masonry skeleton.
We headed up into a hilly, rocky park in the center of town, Kakolanmäki (Kakola Hill).
Among the rather numerous oddities there, these bleachers, complete with trap door in the middle, had to be at the top of the list.
Hairpin turns up the hill at the center of the park, leading up to...
...the gates of the main edifice atop Kakolanmäki, which used to be a prison complex but is now, I think, a wastewater treatment center. A nearby warehouse on the hill burned down less than a year later.
Kakolanmäki: chock full of mysteries.
Thence we continued along near the shore of the Aurajoki, through a cool old-and-new factory complex that I'd like to know more about, just upriver from the Turku Arts Academy.
After finding the elevated walkway above left to be a dead end, we took the stairs down into this cavernous courtyard.
Something's fishy about this.
Here's the plaza of the Arts Academy, with the rope factory visible just beyond the steps.