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SÄYNÄTSALO TOWN HALL, OFFICE AND LIBRARY
The Town Hall is open year round
Monday-Friday from 8.30am to 3.30pm. To
visit the Town Hall on weekends, visitation must be arranged in advance.
(Contact information below.)
Voluntary admission fee. For
groups by reservation.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE OF THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTIONS IN OUR OPENING HOURS:
On Monday November 9th Town Hall is closed all day.
On Friday November
20th Town Hall opens at 10.30am.
Christmas and New Year:
December 23rd-27th, closed
December 28th-30th open as usual
December 31st, open 8.30-12.00
January 1st and 6th, closed
after office hours 75 €/hour/group, by
appointment well in advance.
Phone numbers for the city of Jyväskylä
have changed on May 22nd. The Town Hall's new phone and fax numbers are
Phone : +358 (0) 14
Fax: + 358 (0) 14
The buses running from Jyväskylä City Centre to
Säynätsalo are nro 16 and 21. They run approx. every 30 minutes, and
it takes around half an hour to get to Säynätsalo. If you arrive in
Jyväskylä Travel Centre, the nearest bus stop is located in
Vapaudenkatu 67, very near to the Travel Centre ("Matkakeskus" in
Finnish on the map). The link of
more information on the bus timetables (in Finnish), please, see
> aikataulut >
Jyväskylä > 16,21 Kauppatori-Keljonkangas-Säynätsalo (to Säynätsalo)
or 16,21 Säynätsalo-Kauppatori (from Säynätsalo).
Internet exhibition of Säynätsalon town hall
Säynätsalo town hall, designed by Alvar Aalto,
represents Aalto's architecture at its best. A contest
was held by the municipality of Säynätsalo in 1949 and
the town hall was finished in December 1951. The town
hall started a new era in the productions of Alvar Aalto,
of which the most significant mark was the use of the red brick.
Säynätsalo town hall is a building with many functions.
The local library works there
(opening hours of
Säynätsalo Library). The building
also includes residential spaces, business rooms and guest rooms. The building is
meant to be used by ordinary people but it is also
designed for administrative tasks. Aalto wanted this to
be shown also outwards. That's why there is a certain
hierarchy in the building. The council chamber is on the
highest level, which also presents its authority.
A thorough renovation was made to the town hall in 1996-1998.
The first renovated part taken to use was the library in
April 1997, residential areas in autumn 1997 and the
office and business areas in spring 1998. Everything was
completed in 1998 just in time for the centenary
anniversary of Alvar Aalto's birth.
More information on the renovation...Click here.
The main factor describing the building is the courtyard,
patio. Aalto meant it to be a place for people to hang
around, a piazza. On the side of the fountain is a
sculpture of Wäinö Aaltonen, called "Tanssijatar",
One of the most interesting architectural innovations is
the ceiling of the council chamber where the wooden
structures can be seen. Aalto called this structure
Aalto designed the town hall as a whole piece of artwork,
which can be seen in small details and in furniture
designed specifically for the building.