“The new name is the story of two magnificent museums designed by Alvar Aalto to form one interesting entity in terms of both architecture and content. This is how an attractive museum center will open in 2023, more than the sum of its parts. offers visitors the opportunity for an inspiring experience and learning in a unique environment “says Heli-Maija VoutilainenDirector of the Museum of the City of Jyväskylä, who was part of the name selection committee.
In the naming process, a descriptive, easy-to-remember, easy-to-understand name for the museum center was sought. In the spring of 2021, the public was asked to suggest names for the future museum center, and by the deadline, 1,006 smart proposals were received. “The name Aalto2 we have chosen now is the result of both public feedback and the deliberation of the management team.”says Tommi LindhCEO of the Alvar Aalto Foundation. “While none of the names proposed by the public have been chosen per se, the number of proposals we receive is an indication of public interest and a number of different approaches to the museum center.”Voutilainen says.
The stylish, minimalist visual style of the new museum center is the work of the Graphic Designer Ilkka Kärkkäinen.
The Aalto2 Museum Center will be opened to the public in the summer of 2023
The Alvar Aalto Museum is currently closed due to renovations. A new wing connecting the two museums will be built as part of the renovation process. The new museum center will open to the public in the summer of 2023. “The renovation of the Central Finland Museum was completed in early 2020. The design of the work has taken into account the future connecting wing. The new connecting wing enables closer and more diverse cooperation between museums. It offers new opportunities for events, museum trade, café and restaurant services and much more.”Lindh says.
Both Heli-Maija Voutilainen and Tommi Lindh believe that the museum center will become a lively meeting place for local and international visitors as well. “In addition, Aalto2’s exhibition spaces will undoubtedly become one of the most interesting places in Finland”Lindh says. “We believe that high-quality exhibitions and events, as well as the museum centre’s ancillary services, attract crowds looking for experiences and interesting content on both cultural history and current topics in architecture and design. At the same time, the museum center should increase the visibility of both Jyväskylä and both museums.” say Voutilainen and Lindh.
Source: Alvar Aalto Foundation
Source: The Nordic Page