Marvellous Marble: Academic Bookstore, Helsinki by Alvar Aalto-
Finnish Architect Alvar Aalto designed the Academic Bookshop, which forms part of the Stockman department store in Helsinki in 1962. The 3 storey bookstore with administration floors above, was constructed between 1966 and 1969. Three large crystalline roof-lights bring light into the central atrium, where the floor and the galleried balconies are faced with white marble. There are also further round roof-lights on the top floor featuring in-set artificial lighting, to light the building during the dark winter months.
© Alex James Bruce 2013
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