Marsio is a new meeting point on the Aalto University campus right next to the metro station and light rail stop. You can step in anytime and immerse yourself in Aalto’s research and activities – in exhibitions and events, open lectures, movies, the restaurant and the Aalto University Shop. 

The building’s name is a tribute to Aino Marsio-Aalto (pictured below/above), a creative pioneer, architect, designer, entrepreneur and Aalto University's alum. Let her inspire you while you experience tomorrow at Marsio today.

Photo: Aino Marsio-Aalto family collection.

Illustration image of an aerial view over Otaniemi campus at dusk, depicting Väre, School of Business, parts of the Undergraduate Centre, Otakaari 2A and Otakaari 2B.

How to find there

Marsio is located right in the heart of the campus at Otakaari 2. When coming from the direction of Väre and the metro station, walk across Korkeakoulu square and cross the light rail tracks. Marsio is the first building on the left after the tracks. You can also recognise it by the glass corner of the building. 

Marsio is in the centre of the picture. On the right is the amphitheatre of Otakaari 1 (Undergraduate Centre). On the left is the Väre building, and the light trail tracks situate between Väre and Marsio. The metro station exit is at the bottom left of the picture.

Designs for a Cooler Planet festival in Marsio on 6 Sept – 3 Oct 2024

The annual Designs for a Cooler Planet festival will showcase the Aalto community's projects, combining research and design for a more sustainable future. The festival is part of Helsinki Design Week. 

The programme will be published in June 2024.

Wood crystals on a black fabric.

Designs for a Cooler Planet

This fall, the festival celebrates innovative and collaborative designs addressing the impossible sustainability challenges. Experience tomorrow in Otaniemi on 6 Sept – 3 Oct 2024!

The picture shows the text Marsio and a photo of Aino Marsio-Aallo, a close-up of a yellow flower and a red colour bar

Events in Marsio in autumn 2024

  • 3 Sept 2024 Aalto Day One: Aalto awards and reception - the opening ceremony of the academic year will take place in Marsio at 14.15
  • 6 Sept – 3 Oct 2024 Designs for Cooler Planet - a festival showcasing research and design for a more sustainable future 
  • 8 Oct, 22 Oct and 5 Nov 2024 ‘Astronomy Tuesday’ Lectures - bringing astronomy close to everyday life
  • 3 Oct 2024 LASER talks -  a relaxed after work event series with inspiring talks, the latest research, food, drinks, and music.
  • 16 Dec 2024 Installation talks - new tenured professors talk about their research or teaching field   

The calendar of events will be updated during the summer – follow the event calendar below.

Events at Marsio

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Academic events

Aalto Day One 3.9.2024 (external link)

Let’s start the new academic year of Aalto University together!
Sofia Ilmonen Biocolour

BioColour: sustainable colour aesthetics

Transforming fashion by getting rid of toxic colours.
Transparent materials made out of wood

Magnificent materials

Material literacy as an antidote for climate anxiety.
Process photo behind the New landscapes in textile design exhibition.

New landscapes in textile design

Sustainable textile production by innovative technique combinations.
A purse made of leather-like material created from flower waste, red roses stand out from the purse
Image: Irene Purasachit

The Makers of the Impossible exhibition takes a peek into Aalto's research

The world is made better by action!

Finland's first satellite, a quantum garden, the sustainable fashion revolution and other fascinating examples in the exhibition show how the impossible can become possible. All it takes is a solid foundation built on research, a spark of learning that lasts a lifetime, creative collaboration between disciplines - and the courage to aim high, even if the outcome is uncertain.

The exhibition will open in the Marsio lobby in September 2024 and will remain open until the end of 2025.

A stairway leading down to a sunlight-filled lobby, with two paintings on the concrete walls of the staircase.
Image: Maija Luutonen

Public art - Sharing Imaginations

The art theme in the Marsio building is Sharing Imaginations, which refers to sharing imagination and experiences with others. The aim of Marsio's public art collection was to make extensive use of Aalto's different disciplines. The collection is open to the public from 4 September during the opening hours of the building.

Read more about Marsio's public art

Organising an event in Marsio

Organise your event in Marsio's first floor event spaces and take the quality of your production to the next level with state-of-the-art event technology.

Organise an event in Marsio
Mixing table with ligths


Illustration image of an aerial view over Otaniemi campus at dusk, depicting Väre, School of Business, parts of the Undergraduate Centre, Otakaari 2A and Otakaari 2B.
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Marsio will open in September - read more about facilities and services

What happens there, what kind of facilities and services are there and what kinds of events can be organised? Read more from this news piece.
Designer Noora Yau's shimmering wood chrystals. Photo: Mikko Raskinen
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From space technology and shimmering wood to shapeshifting textiles – explore world-changing research in the brand new Marsio building

The Makers of the Impossible exhibition and the Designs for a Cooler Planet festival will kick off the autumn season at Marsio – Aalto University’s brand new, open-to-all campus venue.
Three-part image: yellow flower and text Marsio on the left, image of Aino-Marsio-Aalto in the middle, Aalto logo on the right
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Aalto University's open-to-all meeting point Marsio will open in September

Opening exhibitions present the Aalto community’s solutions for shaping a sustainable future
Metsähovi 50 years
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Tähtitiistait event series in autumn 2024

Aalto University's Metsähovi radio observatory turns 50 this year. To mark the anniversary, an open lecture series "Tähtitiistait" will be held in the new Marsio building in autumn 2024. Welcome!
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