Deadline: 18/05/2018

Aalto Residency - Säynätsalo Town Hall

Aalto Residency – an international meeting place for architecture and design.

Aalto Residency is an international residency programme focused on architecture and design. The residency programme operates at the Säynätsalo Town Hall, designed by Alvar Aalto. The building is considered one of Aalto’s most significant designs and provides an inspirational environment for creativity, in unique combination with the Säynätsalo island, surrounded by lake Päijänne, and the old industrial community. Alvar Aalto himself was so enchanted by the area that he designed a summer house for himself and his family just four kilometers away.

Tavolo Bianco Oy is in charge of running the Aalto Residency. The residency programme is conducted in co-operation with the Alvar Aalto Foundation.

Residency periods
Each residency period is designed to last from one to two months. Shorter or longer stays can be tailored.

As a rule, the residency period begins on the first Monday of the month.

The starting dates for residency periods in the 2018 autumn season are:

3 Sep 2018
– 1 month, ending 28 Sep 2018
– 2 months, ending 26 Oct 2018

1 Oct 2018
– 1 month, ending 26 Oct 2018
– 2 months, ending 30 Nov 2018

5 Nov 2018
– 1 month, ending 30 Nov 2018
– 2 months, ending 21 Dec 2018 (Note. The recidency period in December lasts only three weeks.)

3 Dec 2018
– 3 weeks, ending 21 Dec 2018

Apply for the Residency Programme
The Aalto Residency Programme is primarily intended to students, researchers, or professionals of architecture and design. However, if accommodation and work spaces are available, representatives of other arts and sciences are also welcome.

The application period for the autumn 2018 residency periods will end on Friday, 18 May 2018. All applications must be received by that date.

The application period for the 2019 residency periods will end on Friday, 31 August 2018. More information will follow in April 2018.

Fill in the application form! or send us an email:

Weekly programme
Weekly programme for the Aalto Residency, autum 2018

In addition to independent work, the residency programme consists of lectures, visits to Alvar Aalto-designed buildings in Jyväskylä and his archive of drawings and substantial collection of objects, as well as leisure activities. A two-day trip to Alvar Aalto-designed attractions in Eastern and Western Finland will be organized each month. The residency programme will be conducted in English, and requires sufficient skills in the language, both verbal and written.

Accommodation, work spaces and pricing
All work spaces are located at the Säynätsalo Town Hall.

Accommodation will be provided either at the Town Hall or its immediate vicinity (Säynätsalo B&B).

The pricing of the residency period will be determined by the length of the stay (one or two months), the type of accommodation and the work space provided.

The price will include accommodation, work space, breakfast, a light lunch of soup or salad, any visits relating to the programme, and a travel card for local buses.

  Accommodation Work space Price/person/month
1 Hugo (2 persons) Hugo (2 persons) €2,400
2 Henrik (1 person) Henrik (1 person) €2,700
3 Alvar (1 person) Studio 4 (2 persons) €2,600
4 Elissa (1 person) Studio 4 (2 persons) €2,600
5 Säynätsalo B&B Studio 2 (1 person) €2,100
6 Säynätsalo B&B Office 1 (1 person) €2,100
7 Säynätsalo B&B Office 2 (1 person) €2,100

The Aalto Residency is unable to provide grants for the programme. The participants should arrange grants, scholarships or other funding themselves. We expect participant to pay 100 e in advance after the applying period for the residencies has ended and receiving the acceptance letter. Payment for the residency programme must be settled in full two months before the residency period starts. In advance paid 100 e will be reimbursed in the final invoice.

All participants must also attain a sufficient insurance coverage during their stay.

Aalto Residency - Säynätsalo Town Hall

Aalto Residency - Säynätsalo Town Hall


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