Aalto University Undergraduate Centre: The Accessible Renovation of Alvar Aalto's Heritage

Antti Raike, Antti Ahlava, Pauliina Skyttä, Teemu Tuomi

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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
Pages (from-to)38-80
Number of pages42
JournalDesign For All Institute of India Newsletter
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016
MoE publication typeD1 Article in a trade journal


  • accessibility
  • architecture
  • enabling environment
  • heritage
  • inclusion
  • renovation


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