The Restoration of Central City Alvar Aalto Library in Vyborg

Authors

  • Maija Kairamo
  • Tapani Mustonen

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52200/49.A.BYTCE7DN

Keywords:

Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

The restoration of the Central City Alvar Aalto Library in Vyborg is completed and was officially inaugurated on 23rd November 2013. The restoration has been a long process which started in 1991. The work was carried out as a Russian–Finnish joint cross–border project within the context of two different socio–cultural societies, customs difficulties, economic fluctuations and currency rates, which could change the situation overnight. The project has been a learning process for all who have participated during the past years.

How to Cite

Kairamo, M., & Mustonen, T. (2013). The Restoration of Central City Alvar Aalto Library in Vyborg. Docomomo Journal, (49), 73–77. https://doi.org/10.52200/49.A.BYTCE7DN

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2013-11-01

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Documentation Issues

Author Biographies

Maija Kairamo

Maija Kairamo did her Master of Architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology and has specialized in restoration planning and design. She has been the Conservation Architect at the National Board of Antiquities of Finland, Office Engineer at the Finnish Ministry of Education, Lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture of the Helsinki University of Technology, and has had her private architecture practice with Erkki Kairamo.

She has been committed to the restoration of several office buildings from 1977 to 1998 such as the Turku Dome (1977–79), the Turku Naval Museum (1978–85), the Palace of the State Council (1982–85), the Paimio Sanatorium (1993–98), and the Helsinki Olympic Stadium refurbishment project (1991–94). She has been a member of the board and design team of the Finnish Restoration Committee of the Viipuri Library since 1994 and is a member of the Finnish Association of Architects and of docomomo International.

Tapani Mustonen

Tapani Mustonen graduated in architecture from the Tampere University of Technology. He subsequently worked as an architect at Alvar Aalto Architects Ltd (1989–1994), before founding his own practice in 1991 (Architects Livanainen & Mustonen, known since 2002 as Mustonen Ltd). He also undertook research and advisory work in restoration and renovation projects at the Alvar Aalto Foundation (1995–1998). His main expertise lies in the conservation and restoration of architecture of the Modern Movement. He has published and lectured on the subject throughout Finland and elsewhere in Europe. The restoration of Villa Tammekann in Estonia, executed under his guidance, was awarded a Europa Nostra Medal in 2002. He has been a member of the board and design team of the Finnish Restoration Committee of the Viipuri Library since 1994. He is also a member of the Finnish Association of Architects and of docomomo International.