The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library
The restoration of Viipuri Library took 20 years to complete. The project began in 1991 when the City of Viipuri requested support from Alvar Aalto’s architectural office and Elissa Aalto founded what was later to become the Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library. Collaborating with the Alvar Aalto Foundation, the Committee designed and supervised the project, with Tapani Mustonen as chief architect. Most of the work was carried out by local Russian contractors. After a slow start due to budgetary constraints, funding provided by the Russian government in December 2010 saw the project through to completion. The goal of this cross-border project was to reinstate the original features of Aalto’s architecture, adhering to DOCOMOMO guidelines.