Old Rauma, Finland

Rauma is a city on the southwest coast of Finland. Its historic city centre, Vanha Rauma in the local language, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. It is one of the largest and best conserved examples of Finnish traditional architecture and mediaeval urbanism, and provides an important account of the panorama in northern Europe. This project has sought to explore its outstanding urban, architectural and cultural features, but also the transformation processes over time, which the city has chosen to integrate while maintaining its essential characteristics. In this context, traditional constructive techniques and materials, structure and composition of dwellings, and their evolution over time were analysed, as were the conservation strategies being used in this complex, which is one of the most interesting aspects of the case study.

Old Rauma

Old Rauma


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River Canal

River Canal - Pappilankatu-kunninkaankat



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Marela Block

Tammela Building


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Historical Context
Geographical Context
Settlement extent and dynamics of aggregation
Building Culture
Conservation Management
Sociocultural Features


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