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Aalto masterpieces at the Ahlström’s Noormarkku and Kauttua Works

Location: Eura, Pori, Finland

Duration: 1 day

Sites: Kauttua Ruukinpuisto Works at Eura, Villa Mairea and Ahlström’s Noormarkku Works in Pori, Villa Mairea, Riverside sauna at the Kauttua Works, The Terraced House at the Kauttua Works in Eura

Available: All year

Accommodation: Not included

Transportation: Not included

Themes: Aalto homes, Finnish sauna and pools, Industrial sites, River, Terraced houses

From 78 € per person

Get to discover the collaboration between Ahlström Ironworks and Alvar Aalto, which resulted in these architectural masterpieces surrounded by pine forests. These buildings receive visitors from every corner of the world!

Tour highlights: 

  • Villa Mairea
  • The Terraced house
  • Riverside sauna

Get to learn about architecture and lifestyle in the Ahlström’s Works sites designed by Alvar Aalto. In Noormarkku you will get acquainted with the sophisticated Villa Mairea, while in Kauttua you will explore the Terraced House and the Riverside sauna.

Human scale and a healthy lifestyle are an integral part of the architecture of the Kauttua Works area. Here, the visitor is presented with a diverse selection of architectural designs by Aalto. You can start your tour at the famous Terraced House, where you can explore an apartment furnished with Artek interiors. On a guided walking tour, you will also visit the Riverside sauna: the location of the public sauna and laundry for the Ahlström workers, designed jointly by Aino and Alvar Aalto. All around, you will spot several other architectures by Aalto, including the civil servants’ residence and standard housing on the Varkaudenmäki hill.

The visit to the Terraced House also offers the possibility to purchase the vintage Artek pieces on display, while the Riverside sauna also hosts a design shop that features secondhand items as well as new Finnish and Scandinavian design models!

From Kauttua, the tour continues towards Noormarkku Works. The world-famous Villa Mairea is located in Noormarkku, where it stands surrounded by a pine forest. Aino and Alvar Aalto designed Villa Mairea as a home for their friends Maire and Harry Gullichsen; the villa is still partly in private use by the Gullichsen family. On the inside, the beautiful original interiors designed by Aino Aalto are further enrichened by a significant international art collection.

While on the guided tour of the Works, you will also get to explore the Ahlström Voyage -exhibition, and the Makkarakoski sawmill museum.

Kauttua Club is situated in the heart of the Kauttua Ironworks in Eura.

The Terraced House in Kauttua Ironworks is one of Alvar Aalto’s most prominent works also internationally. Photo: Elina Liukkonen, Alvar Aalto Foundation

The Noormarkku Ironworks also offers you the chance of staying overnight at the guesthouse Vainiola which has been renovated according to Alvar Aalto's plans, enjoy local foods, experience a Finnish sauna and venture on nature trips
Villa Mairea, Johanna Kokkola
Villa Mairea is located in the Noormarkku Ironworks area, where it was designed as a home for Aalto's friends Maire and Harry Gullichsen. Photo: Johanna Kokkola
Noormarkku Works field summer
Noormarkku Club in the Ahlström Ironworks. Photo: Johanna Kokkola
Ahlström Voyages Savoy Noormarkku Pori
Ahlström Voyage -exhibition presents a selection of Aalto's glass design.
Kauttua Ruukinpuisto Works in Eura
Kauttua Ruukinpuisto Ironworks in Eura. Picture: Alvar Aalto Foundation
Riverside sauna Eura
The Riverside sauna in Kauttua Ironworks was designed by Aino and Alvar Aalto for the employees of A. Ahlström company. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation

Programme by day

Day 1: Become familiar with Aalto's ironwork areas

The tour starts from Kauttua, Eura. The Kauttua Works were planned by Alvar Aalto with concepts of social life and human scale in mind. For this reason, the visitor is able to sense the lifestyle of the residents and the communal character of Ahlström tradition merge into a harmonious community.

We will start the day with a guided visit of the Terraced House in Kauttua, which was originally designed for the senior employees of the Kauttua paper mill. Built on a hillside in the middle of the historic ironworks area, one of the apartments in the Terraced House is furnished with vintage Artek furniture pieces and light fixtures, some of which are also available for purchase. We will get acquainted as well with other buildings in the area designed by Aino and Alvar Aalto, such as the atmospheric Riverside sauna. Part of the sauna building is nowadays a design store, which offers a rich selection of Finnish design items, for you to purchase for your own home.

The trip continues to Ahlström’s Noormarkku Works near Pori.

Ahlström’s Noormarkku Works is one of the largest and most distinctive woodwork areas in Finland, where visitors get a front row seat to experience the original atmosphere. A visit to the Ahlström Voyage -exhibition and a tour of the works area is included in the program. At lunchtime, we will head for the idyllic Ahlström’s club restaurant, where we will get to enjoy local food prepared with fresh ingredients.

Later in the afternoon we will visit Villa Mairea, (take “which was” out) built in 1939 to serve as the home of Maire (née Ahlström) and Harry Gullichsen. Aino and Alvar Aalto, good friends of the Gullichsens, had the opportunity with this project to design the building freely and experimentally.

An overnight stay option at Noormarkku works can be added to the package, as well as a guided tour of the Pori Art Museum and additional sites.

Sites included in this trip

Villa Mairea

Pori / 1939

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…

Information on this trip

Good to know

Please note:

  • Locations are not unobstructed. The tours include stairs and walking uphill. Good shoes are recommended.
  • The tour can be adjusted according to customer’s wishes. The trip can also be planned in the opposite direction: starting from Noormarkku, and continuing to Kauttua.
  • Villa Mairea’s availability is limited; it may cause changes to schedules.

Included

  • 1x lunch
  • Guided tours: Kauttua Works, Villa Mairea and Ahlström Voyage -exhibition in Noormarkku
  • Entrance fees

Optional services

  • The Makkarakoski sawmill museum, Noormarkku
  • Pori Art Museum and Jusélius Mausoleum
  • Fishing excursion, nature hike, Noormarkku
  • Accommodation in Noormarkku
  • Transportation between sights

Excluded

Transportation between sights is not included in the tour. Available upon request.

Example price 78 € per person

Available also for smaller groups and individual travelers. Please contacts us for a price offer.

Tour available year-round. Opening times of the sights may, however, affect the availability.

All rights reserved. The tour operator reserves the right to all changes regarding dates, prices and any other detail.

We follow the general terms and conditions for package tours.

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Example price 78 € per person

Available also for smaller groups and individual travelers. Please contacts us for a price offer.

Tour available year-round. Opening times of the sights may, however, affect the availability.

All rights reserved. The tour operator reserves the right to all changes regarding dates, prices and any other detail.

We follow the general terms and conditions for package tours.

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