Villa Mairea

Located within the Noormarkku Works area, Villa Mairea was built in 1939 to serve as the home of Maire (née Ahlström) and Harry Gullichsen. The progressive couple were patrons of the arts, and
they were interested in the clean-cut expression of modernism. Their good friends, the architects Aino and Alvar Aalto, had an opportunity to apply free and experimental design in the planning of Villa Mairea.

These favourable circumstances gave rise to a unique work of art, which is currently considered an international masterpiece in 20th century architecture. Interior design for Villa Mairea was in the hands of Aino Aalto.

Through the life’s work of Maire Gullichsen, Villa Mairea is linked in many ways to the arts institutions and design sector of Finland, for example to the furniture business Artek and Galerie
Artek, Free Art School and Pori Art Museum. She played a decisive role in the establishment of all of these.

Villa Mairea living room peaceful atmosphere photo Johanna Kokkola

Villa-Mairea-Noormarkku-photo-maija-holma-alvar-aalto-museo_av 1983
Villa-Mairea-Noormarkku-1939-living-room-stairs-photo-maija-holma-alvar-aalto-museum-av 1979
Villa-Mairea-Noormarkku-1939-living-room-photo-maija-holma-alvar-aalto-museum_av 1982
Villa Mairea garden chairs
Villa Mairea garden
Villa Mairea garden, photo Johanna Kokkola

Destination on the map

1. Villa Mairea

Information for visitors

Good to know

Arriving to Noormarkku

Villa Mairea is located in Noormarkku, Pori on Pikkukoivukuja 20, approximately 260 kilometres away from Helsinki. The best way to reach Villa Mairea is by a car or by train or bus from Helsinki to Pori. From Pori you can take a local bus 66 or 64 from the Market Place and the distance is approximately 15 km. You can also take a long distance bus from the bus station in Pori. Please see schedules here. From the centre of Noormarkku, the walk to Villa Mairea is about 10 minutes. You can also order a taxi in Pori from number +600 30033.

Visit to Villa Mairea is only possible by confirmed pre-booking; please also note that it is not possible to visit the villa or its courtyard without a confirmed booking. Check more details about the tours on Villa Mairea’s web site.

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Please note that you can purchase publications Villa Mairea as download architectural drawings from Alvar Aalto web shop!