In Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland in the North of Finland, one of a unique group of buildings designed by iconic Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto needed the roof renovation. It was Rovaniemi City Library built in 1961. The Alvar Aalto Foundation and the architect Janne Lehtipalo, who was in charge of the renovation project, advised to select Icopal’s environmentally friendly and air depolluting Noxite bitumen membrane as the most suitable roofing material.
“When renovating Alvar Aalto’s buildings, it is important to catch the spirit of the original decade, as well as the spirit of the architect”, explains Janne Lehtipalo. “The roof refurbishment with respect for the original idea does not mean we have to reject all modern materials. Instead, you need to think: What would Alvar Aalto do?” he adds. And we believe Aalto, who was keen on free design, would approve of this choice.
The new Noxite roof presents itself perfectly on the Rovaniemi City Library, ready to take all snow loads in the coming winter season. But when temperatures rise above zero and the snow melts warmed by the spring Sun, Noxite will restart its air-purifying activity on the unique building at the Arctic Circle.