Homes and habitats by Alvar Aalto

Cities: Eura, Paimio, Pori

Sites: Paimio Sanatorium, Kauttua Ruukinpuisto Works at Eura, Ahlström’s Noormarkku Works in Pori, Villa Mairea

Experiences: Art, Finnish Sauna, Furniture, Nature

2 days
Groups
Bus
Villa Mairea in Noormarkku, Kauttua Terraced house and Paimio Sanatorium remain as homes, where everyday life merges with architecture and iconic design furniture. Well-being stems from the pine forests and riverside sauna. Set out to experience living as envisioned by Alvar Aalto!

Tour highlights:

  • Villa Mairea
  • Kauttua Terraced House and Riverside Sauna
  • Paimio Sanatorium

This tour in the South West Finland takes you back in time and presents you the masterpieces of modern architecture. At the Paimio Sanatorium you can learn about Aalto’s modernist ideas healthy environments, at Kauttua you can see the Terraced house, that Aalto designed for residential use.

Villa Mairea presents you the beautiful private home of timeless decor. In the historical Noormarkku and Kauttua Works of the Ahlström company you can enjoy the picturesque milieu and learn about the history of Finnish woodworking industry.

Delicious lunch and dinner are served at authentic locations. There is also a possibility to bathe in the riverside sauna, a building designed by Aalto.

Paimio Sanatorium in pinewoods photo Maija Holma Alvar Aalto Foundation

Villa Mairea in Noormarkku photo Maija Holma Alvar Aalto Foundation

This trip shows you a variety of Aalto's buildings and lets you relax in peaceful environments. See the luxurious villas and modernist architecture, experience the industrial history in authentic communities and enjoy the small town feeling.
Paimio Sanatorium photo Maija Holma Alvar Aalto Foundation
Paimio Sanatorium photo Maija Holma Alvar Aalto Foundation
Kauttua Terraced House in Eura, photo Maija Holma Alvar Aalto Foundation
Kauttua Terraced House in Eura, photo Maija Holma Alvar Aalto Foundation
Villa Mairea garden
Villa Mairea garden, photo Johanna Kokkola
Villa Mairea garden chairs
Noormarkku Works field summer
Fish delites in Noormarkku Works
Juseliuksen mausoleumi Pori
Paimio Sanatorium staircase photo Maija Holma Alvar Aalto Foundation
Paimio Sanatorium staircase photo Maija Holma Alvar Aalto Foundation

Programme by day

Day 1: Paimio and Kauttua

The first attraction is the Paimio Sanatorium, which marked the beginning of Alvar Aalto’s international career. Alvar Aalto founded the design of the tuberculosis sanatorium completed in 1933 on the surrounding natural environment, fluent everyday operation and the comprehensive well-being of the patients.

The guided tour introduces you to the tuberculosis sanatorium located amidst a pine forest. The entire building with its furniture, interior design solutions and environment, grouped in several parts according to use, was designed by the architect couple Aino and Alvar Aalto. The sanatorium area served as home for the patients and also for some of the personnel. After the guided tour, lunch is served at the nearby Kaimalan Karhulampi restaurant.

The tour continues to Kauttua in Eura. At the Kauttua Ruukinpuisto Works, you can sense how the legacy of the family-owned enterprise Ahlström interlaces with the everyday life of the residents of the industrial area. This is reflected in the social dimension and human scale of housing architecture by Alvar Aalto.

In Kauttua, a guide leads us to visit the Terraced House originally designed for the senior clerical employees of the Kauttua Paper Mill. Alongside the Terraced House built in a slope in the historic industrial area, the tour presents other residential buildings designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto in the area, and we can also enjoy the atmosphere of the riverside sauna. In conjunction with the visits of the Terraced House and the riverside sauna, you can buy items such as an Artek product of your choice as a souvenir.

Supper is served in the old manor house of the former industrial estate or at the riverside sauna. Both of these provide local food such as game and fish dishes throughout the year. Accommodation takes place in Villa Aalto, a former residence of female office employees.

Those who wish can bathe in the riverside sauna and washroom building designed by Alvar Aalto, located beside the beautiful River Eurajoki. At the same you can enjoy a uniquely soothing foot bath with Finnish wild herbs.

Useful information

The riverside sauna with swimming in open water is a highly recommended experience!

At the riverside sauna there is a small shop with a wonderful selection of Finnish design classics, Aalto furniture and local handicrafts.

Further information on Kauttua Works.

The tour continues from Kauttua towards Ahlström’s Noormarkku Works in Pori.

In Noormarkku, there is a guided tour of Villa Mairea, the building that Alvar Aalto designed as the home of his friends Maire and Harry Gullichsen. Villa Mairea still serves as the home of the Ahlström family. The building hosts a significant international art collection and original interior design by Aino Aalto.

The guided tour continues on foot, presenting the Noormarkku Works area and the Voyage exhibition. The exhibition describes the industrial history of the Ahlström companies and Finland in general. There is lunch at the Noormarkku Club House.

The tour continues to Seinäjoki or Jyväskylä to the next Alvar Aalto destination.

Useful information

On the way, there is an option to visit Pori Art Museum, which hosts Maire Gullichsen’s collection of Finnish art.

At the Noormarkku Works, accommodation is available at guest house Vainiola renovated in keeping with Alvar Aalto’s plans. In Noormarkku, you can also enjoy Finnish saunas and nature trips.

Further information on Noormarkku Works.

Sites included in this trip

Villa Mairea living room peaceful atmosphere photo Johanna Kokkola

Paimio Sanatorium

Paimio

The building completed in 1933 as Paimio Sanatorium was of key importance to the international career of architects Alvar and Aino Aalto. Together with Vyborg (Viipuri) Library, completed two years later, it gave the Aaltos an international profile. Finnish architecture was no longer merely the receiver of influences from outside.

Villa Mairea living room peaceful atmosphere photo Johanna Kokkola

Ahlström’s Noormarkku Works in Pori

Pori

Ahlström’s Noormarkku Works area is one of the largest and most impressive old engineering works areas in Finland, with the visitors having an opportunity to absorb the atmosphere of bygone industrial times. The area houses a high-standard restaurant and hotel, with elegant accommodation for up to 60 guests. The club…

Villa Mairea living room peaceful atmosphere photo Johanna Kokkola

Villa Mairea

Pori

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

The tour can be adjusted according to customer’s wishes. The trip can also be toured the other way round, starting from Noormarkku.

  • When taking the direction Paimio – Kauttua – Noormarkku, accommodation is at Kauttua Ruukinpuisto Works.
  • When taking the direction Noormarkku – Kauttua – Paimio, accommodation is at Noormarkku Works.

Please note:

  • Group size 8-20 persons.
  • Locations are not unobstructed.
  • The tours include stairs and walking uphill.
  • Good shoes are recommended.
  • Transfers between locations by charter bus, transfers on location on foot
  • Available service languages are Finnish and English

Included

  • 4 guided tours: Paimio Sanatorium, Kauttua Terraced House, Villa Mairea, Noormarkku Works and the Ahlström Voyage exhibition
  • 1 night accommodation in standard room for 2 persons
  • 1 x breakfast
  • 2 x lunch
  • 1 x coffee/ tea and pastry
  • 1 x dinner
  • Sauna and footbath with wild herbs

Optional services

  • Makkarakoski Sawmill Museum, Noormarkku
  • Pori Art Museum and city tour
  • Fishing excursion, nature hike, Noormarkku
  • Paimio nature trail, Paimio Electrical Museum or Handicrafts Museum Miila, Paimio
  • Extra nights are available

Excluded

  • Transportation is not included.

Example price 292 € / person

The price from 292 € per person is estimated for a group of 8-20 persons. Minimum charge is 2336 € including VAT.

Available all-year-round from Tuesday to Friday. Saturdays are available upon request.

The programme can be adjusted according to needs of the group.

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

We follow the general terms and conditions for package tours.

Inquiries and bookings

Example price 292 € / person

The price from 292 € per person is estimated for a group of 8-20 persons. Minimum charge is 2336 € including VAT.

Available all-year-round from Tuesday to Friday. Saturdays are available upon request.

The programme can be adjusted according to needs of the group.

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

We follow the general terms and conditions for package tours.