Aalto Residency

General information

Brief description of organisation

A new company was founded in fall 2017 to help activate the different functions at the Town Hall.
The business idea for this company is to provide tourism, accommodation and event services as well as operate a residency program for architects, designers and visual artists in the Town Hall premises.

Harri Taskinen, entrepreneur, self-employed, multitalent in publishing, member of Alvar Aalto Society, CEO of the company

Heli Leinonkoski, administrative Director of the City of Jyväskylä, board member of the Alvar Aalto foundation and Alvar Aalto Society, chairwoman of the company´s  Board of Directors

A separate Advisory Board will be formed to support the company operations.

Operations are done in co-operation with the Aalto Foundation.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

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.

Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Architecture
  • design
Type of organisation
  • Other

Tavolo Bianco Oy

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Partners
Grants available

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.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
Application who/how

Application by Mail

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Exhibitions
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Guided tours to Alvar Aalto sites

How to reach

By train

Train timetables & tickets: www.vr.fi
Bus connection to Säyntäsalo from the center of Jyväskylä: https://goo.gl/ZUVkHh

By plane

Plabe timetables & tickets: www.finnair.com

By car

Google maps

Three hours from Helsinki.

Nearest airport


Contact information

Aalto Residency
Parviaisentie 9
40900 Jyväskylä


Phone: +358 40 1971 091

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