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Otaniemi Technical University Library
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Architect Alvar Aalto
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Location Otaniemi, Finland   map
Date 1964 to 1969   timeline
Building Type library
 Construction System brick, etc.
Climate cold
Context open campus
Style Modern
Notes archetypical columns-as-tree-trunks, with corrugated tile "bark"


Photo, exterior, of another Aalto library

Photo, exterior, of another Aalto library

Photo, exterior, of another Aalto library


Plan Drawing

Plan Drawing


Discussion Otaniemi Technical University Library Commentary

"The library building, which is closely related to the other main buildings of the Institute, is situated parallel to an old avenue which had formerly led to the centre of a large estate, and it forms one side of a large park."

— Karl Fleig. Alvar Aalto. p109.

"The library closes off at an oblique angle the third side of the park/court established by the main buildings of the Institute of Technology, begun twenty-two years previously. As a major reference library, the main problem was to provide good working conditions for the students over a three-storey basement for the library stacks. These spaces, and the small lending collection are housed in a faceted volume on the side, away from the main buildings. In the rectilinear tail of the building, offices and seminar rooms are provided."

— David Dunster, ed. Architectural Monographs 4: Alvar Aalto. p48.


The library was designed in 1964 and built 1965 to 1969.

Sources on Otaniemi Technical University Library

David Dunster, ed. Alvar Aalto. London: St. Martin's Press, 1978. ISBN 0-312-02150-X. plan, section, photo of column with symbolic/functional tile cladding, p48-49. — Available at Amazon.com

Karl Fleig. Alvar Aalto. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1975. ISBN 0-275-49660-0. NA1455.F53A239. p109. — Available at Amazon.com

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.—



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