Famous building

Alvar Aalto Library

Address

Vyborg, 4 Suvorova

Category

Famous buildings

Weekdays

11:00 – 19:00

Weekend

Closed

Years of foundation

October 13, 1935

Architects

Alvar Aalto

Style

Modernism

Internationally famous as the gold architectural standard of a library building, the Vyborg Central Library is deemed the Finnish renowned architect Alvar Aalto’s most mature and influential work.

Ceremonially unveiled on October 13, 1935, the building combines patterns of neoclassicism and modernism, with a balance between its functional rigor and the softness of its natural contours.

One of the library’s main features is its reading room with no windows in its walls, compensated by large round windows in Aalto’s trademark wave-shaped ceiling.

In addition to its architectural design, the Aalto Library also boasts its unique collection including a wide selection of local history books in Finnish, Swedish, German, and other languages.

Located 120 km from St. Petersburg, Vyborg is accessible by train from the Finlyandsky (Finnish) station, by bus from the Parnas or Devyatkino metro, or by car.