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Asuntosäätiö’s valuable materials now published in search service Finna

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Asuntosäätiö (‘Housing Foundation’) was one of the major housing construction and community planning operators in Finland in the 1950s–1970s. High-quality architecture, close ties to nature and the idea of neighbourhoods’ social diversity were amongst its focal points. Now, the first batch of Asuntosäätiö’s archives have been published in the Espoo City Museum’s search service, Finna, available in Finnish at ekm.finna.fi.

Josip Broz Tito, president of Yugoslavia, on a state visit 1964 in Tapiola, Espoo. Urho Kekkonen, president of Finland and Heikki von Hertzen hosting the visit. Photo: Atte Matilainen
Josip Broz Tito, president of Yugoslavia, on a state visit 1964 in Tapiola, Espoo. Urho Kekkonen, president of Finland and Heikki von Hertzen hosting the visit. Photo: Atte Matilainen

The neighbourhoods constructed by Asuntosäätiö in Espoo include Tapiola, Soukka and Kivenlahti. Tapiola is currently undergoing major changes, but remains a highly valued garden city district with internationally recognised landscape design and building architecture. The area is a matter of pride in Espoo, and Tapiola’s residents have an extremely strong sense of local identity. Furthermore, the seaside communities of Kivenlahti and Soukka are also fine examples of excellent community planning.

Lead by Heikki von Hertzen, Asuntosäätiö was actively involved in communication and education with a passion never before seen in Finland, creating an irreplaceably extensive collection of photographs and other documents. The document archive contains correspondence, newspaper cuttings, memoranda, architectural drawings and brochures, among other things. Tapiola, in particular, was frequently photographed and presented to state visitors from its earliest days. The collection includes approximately 4,000 photographs, roughly 1,000 colour slides and audiovisual material in various formats. Espoo City Museum has now made the first group of high-quality photographs, captured by professional photographers, available in Finna. So far, Finna has published 1,042 photographs and 174 documents. Asuntosäätiö donated most of the old archive to Espoo City Museum’s public collection in 2014.

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More information:

Leena Sipponen
Intendant
Photograph collections
leena.sipponen@espoo.fi
+358 (0)50 366 4944

Virpi Talja Nerman
Intendant
Archive collections
virpi.taljanerman@espoo.fi
+358 (0)50 363 5245

Riitta Kela
Head of Service Unit
riitta2.kela@espoo.fi
043 827 3455

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Josip Broz Tito, president of Yugoslavia, on a state visit 1964 in Tapiola, Espoo. Urho Kekkonen, president of Finland and Heikki von Hertzen hosting the visit. Photo: Atte Matilainen
Josip Broz Tito, president of Yugoslavia, on a state visit 1964 in Tapiola, Espoo. Urho Kekkonen, president of Finland and Heikki von Hertzen hosting the visit. Photo: Atte Matilainen
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Kino Tapiola and Mäntytorni at the end of the 1950's, photo: Caj Bremer
Kino Tapiola and Mäntytorni at the end of the 1950's, photo: Caj Bremer
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The centre of Tapiola at the  1970's, photo: Teuvo Kanerva
The centre of Tapiola at the 1970's, photo: Teuvo Kanerva
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