As the second service concentration on campus, shopping centre A Blanc forms a working pair with shopping centre A Bloc located next to the metro station. A Blanc features specialty stores and services, restaurants and office space. The building was designed by Alvar Aalto and the first part was completed in 1961, the extension in 1968. The building underwent a modernisation from March 2020 to May 2021. The protected building is managed by Aalto University Campus & Real Estate.
In the building:
Shopping centre A Blanc is familiar to many who have studied and lived on the campus. The building has also been described as a calling card of the campus area, as it is situated at the entrance routes and is centrally located in the vicinity of the university’s main building Dipoli, the Undergraduate Centre and the Harald Herlin Learning Centre.
The shopping centre's white, plastered walls, large shop windows and the corridor running in front of the entire building, as well as the arched roof, distinguish the building from other red-brick research and lecture buildings designed by Alvar Aalto.
The renovation was finalised in the spring of 2021
With the modernisation, the building was renovated to serve diverse business operations and the construction engineering of the building was renewed. The facade was also renovated and restored. All old windows and exterior doors were refurbished or renewed according to the old original plans. At the same time, a large new terrace area with customer seats was created in front of the centre.
The renovation plans were made respecting the historical and architectural value of the building in cooperation with the Finnish Heritage Agency and the Alvar Aalto Foundation.
Renewed shopping centre A Blanc on the edge of Alvarinaukio is the second service concentration on the campus. A Blanc offers local services to support everyday life, as well as meeting places with restaurants, stores and office space.
A Blanc – Renovating for a more sustainable campus
The renovation of the Otaniemi shopping centre, originally completed in the 1960s and designed by Alvar Aalto, also paid attention to the building's sustainable development solutions.
Shopping centre A Blanc celebrates opening on Otaniemi campus
Designed by Alvar Aalto, the building previously known as Otaniemi’s old shopping centre, has a new name after the renovation and opened in the middle of the Aalto University campus
Board game bar Taproom d20 opens in A Blanc
Offering board games and refreshments, Taproom d20 opens its doors on the first floor of shopping centre A Blanc at the turn of September and October.
AFRY's new office in A Blanc, Otaniemi, invites you to cooperate
AFRY's goal is to provide students working as trainees with workspaces conveniently from the core of the campus.
Shopping centre A Blanc opens in Otaniemi during summer
Designed by Alvar Aalto, the building previously known as Otaniemi’s old shopping centre, currently shopping centre A Blanc, was modernised to serve diverse business operations with respect to its historical value.
Tapiolan Juhlapuku brings full-service costume rental to renewed A Blanc
The family business, which has been operating in Espoo since 2002, is opening a new store in renewed shopping centre A Blanc.
Shortcut AALTO opens an inspiring and modern salon in renewed A Blanc
The original Shortcut hair salon was founded approximately 30 years ago in Tapiola, Espoo. The core concept has remained the same over the years: high quality service and upscale and cosy salons. Now the fourth Shortcut salon, Shortcut AALTO, is opening its doors in the renewed shopping centre A Blanc.
Terveystalo Otaniemi will operate in renewed A Blanc
You will find Terveystalo's experienced and skilled healthcare and well-being professionals in new premises on shopping centre A Blanc’s second floor.
Otaniemi’s shopping centre will be renamed A Blanc
The renovation of the beautiful building designed by Alvar Aalto will be completed by summer.
New terrace to be added to Otaniemi’s shopping centre
The terrace will be located at the front of the building in front of the covered corridor and will be completed on the same schedule as the rest of the renovation project in spring 2021.
Otaniemi’s shopping centre under renovation
Known as Otaniemi’s old shopping centre and designed by Alvar Aalto, the renovation began in March 2020 on Aalto University’s campus