Aalto University Undergraduate Centre: Protected Alvar Aalto Building Awarded for Accessibility After Renovation

Antti Raike, Antti Ahlava, Teemu Tuomi, Pauliina Skyttä, Ira Verma

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Abstract

The main building of the former Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) designed by Alvar Aalto is part of the cultural heritage in Finland. The building underwent a major renovation in 2011–2015 and has now become an awarded Undergraduate Centre for the modern interdisciplinary education of Aalto University. This paper presents how the architectural masterpiece from the 1960's was renovated and updated into a modern and accessible university building. Particular attention was paid for entering the building by wheelchairs, prams and pushchairs. The successful renovation was awarded in 2015 by the ‘Esteetön Suomi -palkinto’ (Accessible Finland Award), given every two years as a mark of recognition to activities or locations implementing the principles of accessibility and Universal Design for all on a broad scale and in a nationally significant way.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversal Design 2016: Learning from the Past, Designing for the Future
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Universal Design (UD 2016), York, United Kingdom, August 21–24, 2016
EditorsHelen Petrie, Jenny Darzentas, Tanja Walsh, David Swallow, Leonardo Sandoval, Andrew Lewis, Christopher Power
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS PRESS
Pages256-259
Number of pages4
Edition2016
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-61499-684-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-61499-683-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2016
MoE publication typeD3 Professional conference proceedings
EventUniversal Design: Learning from the Past, Designing for the Future - University of York, York, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Aug 201624 Aug 2016
Conference number: 3
http://ud2016.uk/

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Volume229
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Conference

ConferenceUniversal Design
Abbreviated titleUD
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityYork
Period21/08/201624/08/2016
Internet address

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