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VIIPURI LIBRARY

VIIPURI LIBRARY
Vyborg, Russia
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BACKGROUND

The Viipuri Library in Vyborg, Russia, was designed and built by modernist Finnish architect Alvar Aalto between 1927 and 1935. At the time of construction the land was held by Finland. However, as a result of shifting borders during WWII, Vyborg became part of Russia. Aalto’s library is considered a milestone in the history of modern architecture. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The Viipuri Library was on the Watch in 2000 and 2002, nominated by the Finnish-Russian Restoration Committee and the Friends of Alvar Aalto. WMF raised funds for a conservation project at the site in 2001 and 2002. A new roof and skylight system was installed and the building’s distinctive exterior was repaired. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The Viipuri Library is regarded as a significant structure in the history of modern architecture. Many features that are found in this Aalto building foreshadow common characteristics in his later. (...)