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Shopping centre A Blanc

Designed by Alvar Aalto, the building previously known as Otaniemi’s old shopping centre, currently shopping centre A Blanc, was modernised and will open in summer 2021.
Old shopping centre in Otaniemi facade in the summer, with people walking by
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The building was designed by Alvar Aalto. The first part was completed in 1961 and the extension in 1968. The renovation took place from March 2020 to May 2021. The protected building is managed by Aalto University Campus & Real Estate.

Shopping centre A Blanc will feature specialty stores and services, such as hairdresser Shortcut AALTO, costume rental company Tapiolan Juhlapuku and Beer and whiskey house Vesiheinä. Healthcare company Terveystalo’s main unit in Otaniemi, as well as office spaces will be located on the second floor of the shopping centre. As the second service concentration on campus, A Blanc forms a working pair with shopping centre A Bloc located next to the metro station.

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.

Aalto University Campus & Real Estate leases the property

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Otaniemi's shopping centre leasable premises

Otaniemi's shopping centre offers a unique setting for businesses once the renovation of the building is completed in summer 2021. Explore the leasable premises of the centre.

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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.

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Beer and whiskey house Vesiheinä is the newcomer of renewed A Blanc

Beer and whiskey house Vesiheinä is a completely new restaurant concept that will open its doors in renewed shopping centre A Blanc.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Otaniemi’s shopping centre will be renamed A Blanc

The renovation of the beautiful building designed by Alvar Aalto will be completed by summer.

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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.

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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

Otaniemi's old shopping centre from air
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