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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



Admission fee after office hours 75 €/hour/group, by appointment well in advance.

Contact information

Phone numbers for the city of Jyväskylä have changed on May 22nd. The Town Hall's new phone and fax numbers are as follows:

Parviaisentie 9
FIN-40900 Saynatsalo
Phone : +358 (0) 14
266 1526
Fax: + 358 (0) 14
266 1528

saynatsalo.aalto[at]jkl.fi

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 the 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 Jyvaskyla map

For more information on the bus timetables (in Finnish), please, see www.jyvaskylanliikenne.fi > 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", dancer.


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 "Perhoset", butterflies.


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.

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