Alvar Aalto - Finland
Academic Bookstore
Pohjoisesplanadi 39, Helsinki
1961 - 1969


  On the exterior, the main fašade of the Academic Bookstore, designed by Alvar Aalto, appears as a rather straightforward copper-clad curtain wall.
The window frames are lined with strips of white marble, expressig the brighter character of the Pohjois-Esplanadi.
The so-called Kirjapalatsi creates an entity with the Stockmann building on the opposite side. A car park and a pedestrian access are below street level.
There are two entrances to the building, giving access from from both adjacent streets, and leading to the three-storey space of the bookshop,
which is tucked in behind of other buildings. The above mentioned atrium space is famous for its three crystalline rooflights, bringing light to it.
The balustrades, vertically striped and made of marble emphasize the height of the space and interact with the colourful display of the books.
The administration area is located in the five upper stories and run along the street.