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Museokeskus Vapriikki
Alaverstaanraitti 5, Tampere

Wivi Lönn mini exhibition

A woman sits on a table and looks at a large piece of white paper on the table.

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Vapriikki celebrates Tampere’s own Wivi with a mini exhibition open until 2.4.

Wivi Lönn’s charming buildings are central to Tampere’s cityscape. Wivi Lönn was a Tampere-born architect whose buildings have been preserved especially in Tampere, Jyväskylä and Helsinki, her main cities of residence. She is best known as a practical architect of schools, but she also designed many other types of buildings. One of her best-known creations is probably the Tampere Central Fire Station.

Many of the buildings of this architect, who is much admired in Tampere, resulted from design competitions that architects and master builders participated in under pseudonyms. Wivi Lönn won several of these competitions, both alone and in collaboration with Armas Lindgren, with whom she had studied.

Wivi Lönn was one of the first female architects in Finland, and probably also in Europe. During her time, the number of Finnish female architects increased, and female architects organized themselves in 1942, founding the association of female architects, Architecta. Wivi Lönn was later invited as an honorary member of Architecta. In addition, he received the title of professor in 1959.

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