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Aalto’s reformation in Paimio

Location: Paimio, Finland

Duration: 1 day

Sites: Paimio Sanatorium

Persons: 1-50

Available: All year, except on Mondays

Accommodation: Not included

Transportation: Not included

Themes: Hospitals, Modernism

From 65 € per person

During the day trip to Paimio, you will have the chance to learn about the period of transition that characterized the community in the early 1960s, a period that saw the industry in the area, mainly composed of electrical engineering companies, grow fast.

Tour highlights:

  • Paimio Sanatorium
  • The Paimio river valley
  • Paimio Electrical Museum
  • Handicrafts Museum Miila

During the day trip to Paimio, you will have the chance to learn about the period of transition that characterized the community in the early 1960s, a period that saw the industry in the area, mainly composed of electrical engineering companies, grow fast. The transformation is still visible around the village nowadays – in its landscape, building culture and social life.

In the case of Alvar Aalto’s Paimio Sanatorium, the transition period especially concerned the operations of the building, transforming from a sanatorium into a hospital of wider scope.

During the tour, we will visit the Paimio Sanatorium, Paimio Electrical Museum and the Miila Handicraft Museum. A visit to the Paimio nature trail is also available upon request.

The suggested itinerary starts from Helsinki, but it is possible to start the trip from elsewhere according to the group’s request.

Paimio Sanatorium was completed in 1933. Photo: Jarmo Fredriksson

Aino and Alvar Aalto also designed the Paimio Sanatorium’s furniture. Photo: Jarmo Fredriksson

The tour includes a visits to the Paimio Sanatorium, the Paimio Electrical Museum and the Miila Handicraft Museum.
Paimio Sanatorium staircases photo Maija Holma Alvar Aalto Foundation
The color schemes of Paimio Sanatorium were co designed with Eino Kauria. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation
Sähköyhtiön rakennus-kuva vuodelta 1961
The Southwest Finland Electricity office building in 1961 in Paimio.
Kaimalan Karhulampi restaurant
Lunch will be served at Kaimalan Karhulampi restaurant.

Programme by day

Day 1: Day program

Departure from Helsinki with the group’s own bus at 8:00 am. Arriving to Paimio at 10:00 am, where a cup of coffee will be enjoyed at a local café to start the day.

The guided one-hour walking tour starts either from the Isku House or from the nearby river valley. The walking tour will describe the transition in the landscape, building culture and social life that took place in the early 1960s, and point out examples where it can still be witnessed today. This will include a description of the strong growth of the electrical industry (e.g. the Southwest Finland Electricity office building, the current Paimio high school from 1960s), but also other industries and small businesses. The appearance of new services in rural Finland of the 1960s will also come to light: banking facilities, a new municipal building and school facilities.

Around 12.00pm, the walking tour of the village ends in front of the neighboring “Paimio Electricity Museum” and “Miila Handicraft Museum”. Here the themes described during the earlier walking tour can be further discussed with reference to the displays and the help of the museum guides. After the guided tours at the museums, we will continue by bus to the Kaimalan Karhulampi restaurant, where we will have our lunch around 13:30 pm.

After lunch, the day trip culminates with a guided tour of the Paimio Sanatorium, starting at 15:00 p.m. We will have a 1,5-hour themed tour, highlighting the functional and structural changes that were made to the sanatorium in the early 1960s. The postwar period saw the appearance of new, more effective drugs and treatments for tuberculosis, which allowed for the development of different functions within the sanatorium. Gradually, the sanatorium transformed into a hospital, where other lung diseases were treated.

Useful information

Tour destination addresses:

– The Paimio river valley: Sahurintie 5
– Paimio Electrical Museum: Vistantie 24a
– Miila Handicrafts Museum: Kirjakuja 2
– Kaimalan Karhulampi: Kaimalantie 140
– Paimio Sanatorium: Alvar Aallontie 275

Tour on the map

Sites included in this trip

Paimio Sanatorium

Paimio Sanatorium

Paimio / 1933

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.

Information on this trip

Good to know

  • Proper footwear and moderate physical health are required
  • Transfer between locations by charter bus
  • Please note that the locations are not unobstructed and the tour includes extensively stair climbing and walking uphill
  • Group size 1 – 50 persons

 

Included

  • 1 x lunch
  • 1 x coffee/tea and a sweet snack
  • 4 guided tours, walking tour in Paimio, Paimio Electrical Museum, Handicrafts Museum Miila, Paimio Sanatorium

 

 

Optional services

  • Walking tour of Paimio downtown can instead take place as a bus tour
  • Transportation with extra charge
  • 4 km nature trail in Paimio. During the trail you will get an introduction to the operations of a former peat factory. The factory, which burned down in the early 1960s, was once supplying peat for the heating of the sanatorium building.

Excluded

  • Transportation is not included

Example price 65 € per person

Price is estimated for a group of 50 people.

The programme can be adjusted according to the needs of the group. The tour is also available for individuals. Please contact the agency for detailed information!

The tour is available all year (except on Mondays), however the opening times of sights and museums can affect the availability.

All rights reserved. We follow the general terms and conditions for package tours.

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Example price 65 € per person

Price is estimated for a group of 50 people.

The programme can be adjusted according to the needs of the group. The tour is also available for individuals. Please contact the agency for detailed information!

The tour is available all year (except on Mondays), however the opening times of sights and museums can affect the availability.

All rights reserved. We follow the general terms and conditions for package tours.

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