April 26: Southern Finland tour – Säynätsalo 1
We headed back to Helsinki after Jyväskylä but made a couple of nearby stops on the way, in both cases for Aalto buildings once again. The first was, like Villa Mairea, a project I was particularly excited to see because of having encountered it so much in my studies: Säynätsalo Town Hall, built in 1951.
Like that stairway in the Jyväskylä U building, the Town Hall was inspired by Italian hill towns; its courtyard, up at the top of these front stairs, is well higher than the surrounding land.
Some terra cotta happenings in the courtyard, forget what the story on this is.
A look into a corridor from the courtyard.
The iconic tower, housing the assembly hall.
More ceramic inlay action.
Clerestories for the stairs up to the assembly hall. I really like the proportions of these volumes.
Backside stairs, exciting to hop down because their retaining boards are generally higher than the grassy treads they're retaining. Also, a more holistic view of the tower volumes.
Around the back side, private apartments.
Now inside the main corridor, looking back out into the courtyard.
Looking up the stairs to the assembly hall, which wrap around the hall as they ascend.
Some fun pallety doors.
Love the wood and brick together.
Nice thermal-mass benches in the corridor, just thermally massing in the sun.
North edge of the courtyard.
The famous spidery trusses of the assembly hall ceiling.
The window lets a lot of light in sideways...
...but not frontways.
Roofs around the courtyard.
Nice louveration for this array of windows.
A different take thereon.