Headquarters of the Congress
The Korundi House of Culture is the venue of the City of Rovaniemi, the Capital of Lapland County of Finland. It is the main venue for the Congress. The IAC’s Thematic Members’ Exhibition and Members’ Choice Exhibition, as well as the Finnish National Exhibition, Norwegian Exhibition and Swissceramics Exhibition will also be held at Korundi.
The building now housing the Korundi House of Culture was originally a postal bus depot dating back to 1933. The modifications and expansion completed in 2009 and 2010 were designed by architect Juhani Pallasmaa. He also had a hand in the design of the Rovaniemi Art Museum, which has been located on the site of the depot since 1986. Korundi opened on May 25th, 2011.
The old postal bus depot is one of very few buildings in Rovaniemi that survived the Second World War. After the Second World War, the building was expanded using bricks from ruins all over Rovaniemi. Korundi successfully marries local history with a modern, functional and aesthetically pleasing architecture.
The acoustics of the auditorium and multi-purpose hall in the inner yard of Korundi were designed by the Finnish consulting company Akukon. The hall is also suitable for recording sessions and audiovisual presentations.
The core of Korundi’s operations are based around two nationally significant and internationally renowned cultural organizations: the Lapland Chamber Orchestra and the Rovaniemi Art Museum. The Congress Hall capacity is limited to 340 attendees. Korundi also has the ability to transmit a live signal from the hall to other areas via screens. In addition, Korundi also has diverse meeting facilities available for groups.