Villa Kokkonen (1967 – 1969) is a real rarity among the private homes designed by Alvar Aalto, because Aalto designed the building as an artist’s home. The composer Joonas Kokkonen lived in Villa Kokkonen for 27 years. The architectural heart of the building is the unique combination of a grand piano and concert room. The Tuusulanjärvi artists’ community would have come to an end by the death of Jean Sibelius in 1957, but the community gained new momentum when Joonas Kokkonen cancelled his plans to move to Helsinki. Instead, he acquired a lakeside plot from the Town of Järvenpää at an affordable price and was able to hire the most famous architect in Finland to design his home.
Villa Kokkonen is a single-storey and multifaceted wooden house that is immersed in natural light. The house itself is worth seeing, and during a tour of the home of Elina Viitaila and Antti A. Pesonen the tour participants can also experience the story of the house and enjoy the superior acoustics of the concert room. “Welcome to a visit to a home designed by Alvar Aalto, also introducing a valuable grand piano and concert room!” These welcoming words by the hosts capture the atmosphere of Villa Kokkonen.
In Villa Kokkonen you can experience the past and the present of the artist’s home. Villa Kokkonen was also one of the first Finnish houses to be selected in the network of Iconic Houses in 2012. The network includes some of the most famous house museums in the world.
Villa Kokkonen was designed for the music. Photo: Mestart Ltd.
Elina Viitaila and Antti A. Pesonen at Aalto’s Villa Kokkonen. Photo: Mestart Ltd.
See what Villa Kokkonen has to offer and join a guided tour: www.villakokkonen.fi
Destination on the map
1. Alvar Aalto’s Villa Kokkonen
Information for visitors
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Arriving to Villa Kokkonen
Villa Kokkonen is located in Järvenpää, approximately 40 kilometres away from Helsinki. Villa Kokkonen is one of the sights in Lake Tuusula area that are open all year round. You can visit the building with a guided tour by booking your ticket in advance from Villa Kokkonen homepage.
You can reach Villa Kokkonen from Helsinki with a train or by a bus. From the centre of Järvenpää, you can take a bus 21 that goes to Villa Kokkonen. Please note that the bus operates on weekdays and Saturday’s only. Please check the timetables in advance (in Finnish). While in Järvenpää, you can also order a taxi from number +358 9 106 64400. If you are taking your own car, please know that there is limited parking space close to the building.