Architecture and design in Lahti Region

You can find highlights of the varied local architecture in the centre of Lahti and the surrounding region. Church of the Cross by Alvar Aalto, City Hall by Eliel Saarinen, Wood Architecture Park and many inspiring sights welcome you to a visit.



Sibelius Hall

A masterpiece of modern wood architecture, combining the historic carpentry factory with modern architecture. Lahti Symphony Orchestra concerts provide a way to enjoy the wonderful acoustics of the main hall.


Church of the Cross

Church of the Cross designed by academician Alvar Aalto is the main church in the City of Lahti. Built in 1978, the simplified church's ecterior face opening to the marketplace is dominated by a large cross consisting of 52 windows, one for each week of the year.

Lahden kaupungintalo

Lahti City Hall

City Hall is a landmark of great architectural value. Designed by the renowned architect Eliel Saarinen, Lahti The building, completed in 1912, represents the Late Art Nouveau, or Jugend, style.


Wood Architecture Park

The surroundings of Vesijärvi harbour in Lahti are a veritable mecca for friends of wood architecture. In addition to Sibelius Hall Congress and Concert Centre, an international Wood Architecture Park is being constructed year by year in the harbour area.


Harjupaviljonki pavilion in Heinola

An old-fashioned woffle café in an eastern-styled Jugend Pavilion, built in the 1900's, right beside the center of Heinola.

Hollolan kirkko

Beautiful churches

In the Lahti Region you can find gorgeos medieval churches as well as small, atmospheric village churches. Gothic, New Gothic, Jugend, Empire and modern architecture - choose your favorite style.

Virtaan kartano

Romantic Manors

You can imagine the luxury life of old times in the well preserved interiors of the manor houses. Stay the night, hear encahting stories and enjoy art exhibitions - many of the manors are open for public in the summer time.