The City of Alvar Aalto
Kouvola belongs to the network of Alvar Aalto cities. The architect’s hand is visible especially in Inkeroinen, but also in Sippola and the columns of the Kasarminmäki gate.
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When Tampella Oy founded the Anjala paper mill in Inkeroinen in the late 1930s, architect Alvar Aalto was commissioned to design it.
The work began with a plan for the building project in the factory area. It formed the basis for the plans for the paper mill’s factory, warehouse and production buildings.
In addition to numerous factory buildings, Alvar Aalto’s architect firm designed, for example, the Tehtaanmäki school, the teachers’ dormitory, new residential buildings for the factory workers, supervisors and engineers, as well as a building for a medical clinic. Not all the plans were realised and some of the buildings have been pulled down or changed beyond recognition.
Nine different Puutalo Oy house types designed by Alvar Aalto were implemented in Karhunkangas, as well as a shared sauna and laundry building, a cooperative shop and a pumping station. The buildings were manufactured by the factory’s building unit. The apartments were handed over to the factory workers for the price of the materials.
Visit unique Alvar Aalto destinations in Finland and Kouvola
In May 2021, the Alvar Aalto Route – 20th Century Architecture and Design cultural route was granted Cultural Route of the Council of Europe Certification. The Cultural Route on Modern Architecture and Design Heritage association set up as part of the project aims to promote tourism to sites designed by Alvar Aalto in Europe and elsewhere. All Aalto sites open to the public and their service providers are welcome to join the route association.