Alvar Aalto

The city of Seinäjoki and most of Finland really is quite flat. Few natural landmarks guide a vistor to toward their location. A longterm resident can easily get lost, but, Alvar Aalto created a few landmarks that nearly everyone in Finland knows.

Lakeuden Risiti (“Cross on the Plain’)

The Seinäjoki Church was constructed in 1960 and is one of six clean and timeless deigns from Alvar Aalto in Seinäjoki.  The Cross Bell Tower, “Lakeuden Risiti (“Cross on the Plain’) was the first building designed by Alto in Seinäjoki and one of the most important landmarks in the city.

Seinajoki Church and Congregational Centre

Nearby the Town Hall, Theatre and Library designed from 1958-1959, create an architectural center that is a rare gem of Finland.

Town Hall

These porcelaine tiles are a distinctive feature of the Town Hall.



Alvar Aalto, considered a pioneer of pioneer of modern architecture and design, was born in the South Ostrobothnia region that the city of Seinäjoki is part of. He designed many of the interior textiles, granite slates, painted windows and sculptures inside and outside the buildings. More information can be found at

What I liked most about the building design was how it creates the hills and peaks that the city lacks. The view below reminds me of a mountain, something I haven’t seen since I left California.

Citizens’ Square view of City Hall and Cross Bell Tower


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