The time span of Alvar Aalto's (1898-1976) work in Lapland covers some 50 years. Reno-vation of Kemijärvi church was the first assignment for a young architect, then approaching his formative years. Lappia hall in Rovaniemi was then the last, the completion of which a 78- year old Aalto still lived to see. Rovaniemi town hall was planned and completed after this in 1988.

In the blocks of flats and row houses of Korkalorinne, a garden suburb of the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, Aalto was developing dwellings adapted to the northern conditions. The redbrick buildings, which were erected for the Aho family of tradesmen, were designed as a part of the compact urban milieu. The most northern designs of Aalto, Carelian spirited timber buildings in Sirkka village in Kittilä, were produced during the war.

Aalto made up also some regionally limited town plans and master plans and an extensive regional plan for Lapland, which, up until now, have remained lesser known. The reindeer Antler Plan is the only, though partially, realized town plan. Its base is the strong commit-ment to nature.

Aallon arkkitehtuuria

"There are too many situations in life where organisation is too brutal. I think it is architects job to give life a more delicate structure."
Alvar Aalto, 1955

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