In the middle of Paimio’s pine forests are the jewel of Finnish architecture and one of the nationally significant built cultural environments in Finland, the Paimio Sanatorium. This masterpiece of functional style orientation, once built as a tuberculosis treatment center in the 1930s, was designed by architect Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino Aalto.
Now the sanatorium facilities have reopened to the public!
Discover the sights and events of Aalto City Paimio and be impressed by the magnificent architecture in the middle of nature!
Aalto in Paimio
Step into Aino and Alvar Aalto’s fascinating functionalist total work of art. Paimio Sanatorium (1929-1933), designed according to the principles of humane modernism, is perhaps the most famous Finnish building in the world.
You can visit the interior of the sanatorium with tours and an exhibition. The outside can be circled freely following the Architectural Path. In addition, a couple of kilometers of forest path, the Parantola Cultural and Nature Trail, has been signposted into the pine forest, which is an integral part of the sanatorium environment.
There is also a restaurant Toivo in the building.
Who were Aino and Alvar Aalto?
Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) created an exceptionally wide and varied career as an architect and designer both in Finland and internationally. His international breakthrough work was the Paimio Sanatorium, which was completed in 1933.
At the Paimio sanatorium, Aino Marsio-Aalto’s (1894-1949) role as an architect was especially emphasized in the design of the nurses’ and chief physician’s apartments.
Alvar Aalto of cities in the tourism network
The city of Paimio is also part of the network of Alvar Aalto cities established in February 2017, which aims to increase Aalto information.
Parantola is also part of the visit.alvaraalto.fi tourist route page, which opened in May 2018, where, in addition to architectural sites, high-quality tourist services have been compiled, which attract local cultural history, natural sites and accommodation and local food.
The Alvar Aalto tourist route and the Visit Alvar Aalto online service can be found here.