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Shopping centre A Blanc
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In front of A Blanc, on the southwest side next to Otaniementie, there are 20 customer parking spaces at street level. Some of the parking spaces are 3h spaces and some 1h spaces. You can drive to the parking lot from Otakaari, near the Otaniementie junction. Parking is free of charge.
In front of A Blanc, next to the parking spaces and on the edge of the terrace, there are many frame-mounted bicycle parking racks. There are also bike racks in front of the shopping centre on the Otakaari side. The nearest city bike station can be found in the vicinity of shopping center A Bloc at the Otaniementie turnaround next to the Korkeakouluaukio square.
In the shopping centre there is an outdoor facing Nosto ATM next to the entrance of the Beer and whiskey house Vesiheinä. Café and restaurant operators have their own customer toilets, the centre does not have public toilets.
With its renovation, “Otaniemi’s old shopping centre”, designed by Alvar Aalto, was renamed shopping centre A Blanc.
The shopping centre’s white, plastered walls distinguish the building from the area’s other red-brick research and teaching buildings designed by Alvar Aalto. Therefore, the name drew inspiration from the colour white.
Shopping centre A Blanc is part of the service entity of Aalto University’s Otaniemi campus, which also includes shopping center A Bloc and startup hub A Grid. Shopping centre A Blanc and shopping center A Bloc together form a concentration of leisure and services on campus, supporting each other by offering diverse services and facilities. Therefore, the same logic and form was sought for the name of the shopping centre.
The prefix “A” of the names of the service concepts refers to Aalto University and its logo consisting of the letter A. The names are proper names and not directly any language, although different languages have been used as their inspiration.
The campus service concepts primarily serve the residents of Otaniemi, Aalto University students, staff, and visitors, as well as the staff of companies in the area. Otaniemi is one of the most international districts in the Helsinki metropolitan area; more than 30% of Aalto University’s staff is international, and its students represent more than a hundred different nationalities. Therefore, all three names can be pronounced and understood in the international Aalto University campus environment using both Finnish and English.
Shopping centre A Blanc is located on the campus of Aalto University and forms a concentration of leisure and services on campus together with its sibling centre, shopping center A Bloc. A Bloc develops different kinds of retail concepts and new ways of thinking within the shopping centre industry together with retailers, students and the university community, as well as shopping centre A Blanc.
Aalto University is a multidisciplinary community where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future.
Aalto University has six schools with nearly 12 000 students and 4 000 employees, nearly 400 of whom are Professors. There is a wide variety of Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees awarded at Aalto University, and we also offer doctoral programmes in all the fields of study.
Aalto University was founded in 2010 as Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki were merged. The main campus is located in Otaniemi in Espoo, Finland.