Eliel Saarinen collection now in free use!
The Eliel Saarinen collection was donated to the Finnish Association of Architects in 1952 for an architectural museum to be established later. Loja Saarinen had compiled Saarinen’s drawings into large files, which present his whole life’s work in a crystallized form. This collection formed the initial holdings of the Museum of Finnish Architecture that was established in 1956, and it still is one of its most important individual collections.
Museum of Finnish Architecture publishes the original drawings as high resolution digital images in Finna. The images are free to use and licenced under the Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence.
Examples from Eliel Saarinen -collection
Adopt a drawing
The Museum of Finnish Architecture has launched the Adopt a Drawing (Adoptoi piirustus) campaign to help support the collection work. During the campaign, it is possible to adopt a drawing from a selection of over a half-million drawings.
The maintenance, conservation and documentation of the drawings are the primary tasks of the Museum of Finnish Architecture. The management of the collections aims to ensure that the common architectural heritage is preserved for future generations.
If a client wants to adopt a drawing, the museum staff will help find a suitable one, for example, according to the architect, the era or the type of building. Depending on the size of the drawing, the adoption costs 400–1000 euros and the full amount is used to conserve and care for the drawings. The adoption remains in the museum as long as the drawing: the name of the person who adopted the drawing is attached to the collection’s information, and the sponsor also receives a certificate of honour and a 1: 1 copy of the drawing.
Below is a selection of architect Eliel Saarinen’s most beautiful drawings.Contact
MFA in Finna
Museum of Finnish Architecture has published only a small part of its collections in Finna. Museum of Finnish Architecture is specialised in modern Finnish architecture. Its collections consist of digital images, black-and-white photographs, slides, original drawings, copies of drawings, documents, models, books, journals and manuscripts.
CC BY 4.0
The Museum of Finnish Architecture’s pictures in Finna are free for copying, redistributing and remixing, as long as you indicate the name of the photographer, the collection and the organization (Museum of Finnish Architecture) when using them. The images are licenced under the Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. The images are high resolution images (size A4). For descriptions in English and if you wish to order larger high resolution images (pricing varies according to respective use) or to see our other materials, please contact the museum’s information service.Order photographs