Visit at Villa Kokkonen

Cities: Järvenpää

Sites: Alvar Aalto’s Villa Kokkonen

Experiences: Music

1 h, 2 h, 3 h
Family, Groups, Individuals
Bus, Publics and car, Train
The entity composed of Alvar Aalto’s architecture, the outdoor area and lake view, and the small concert by the tenants of Villa Kokkonen.

Tour highlights:

  • Guided tour of Alvar Aalto’s Villa Kokkonen, including a brief concert of Finnish grand classics. Duration approx. 45 minutes.
  • After the tour, there is an opportunity to buffet-type catering.
  • Shopping in the shop of Villa Kokkonen.

A trip to remember to the history and present day of the house designed by Alvar Aalto.

Villa Kokkonen (1967 to 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.

  • Unhurried tour without catering 60 to 75 minutes, with catering 1½ to 3 hours.
  • Available throughout the year by appointment.
  • For 1 to 55 persons.

Elina Viitaila and Antti A. Pesonen at Aalto’s Villa Kokkonen. Photo: Mestart Ltd.

Villa Kokkonen detail of materials and shapes

Villa Kokkonen is a real rarity among the private homes designed by Alvar Aalto, because Aalto designed the building as an artist’s home. – Visitors walk inside Villa Kokkonen with their shoes off. Guests should take along their own woollen socks, slippers or another pair of indoor shoes.
Tour at Aalto's Villa Kokkonen in Järvenpää, photo Mestart Oy
Tour at Aalto's Villa Kokkonen in Järvenpää. Photo: Mestart Ltd.
Villa Kokkonen was designed for the music. Photo: Mestart Ltd.
Villa Kokkonen was designed for the music. Photo: Mestart Ltd.
Lake Tuusula scenery Järvenpää Visit Tuusulanjärvi
Villa Kokkonen is situated by the Lake Tuusulanjärvi in Järvenpää. Photo: Visit Tuusulanjärvi.

Programme by day

Day 1: Tour of Alvar Aalto’s Villa Kokkonen

Antti will receive the guests on the stairs of Villa Kokkonen, presenting the Iconic Houses poster on the notice board. Villa Kokkonen was 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.

Weather permitting, Antti and the tour participants will walk a full 360 degrees around the main building of Villa Kokkonen, with Antti serving as the tour guide. During the outdoor tour, the tour participants can see an abundance of Alvar Aalto’s architecture, the garden of the house, and Lake Tuusulanjärvi.

Next, we will move indoors. The guided tour continues in the concert room of the house, where the guests have seating for up to 55 persons.

When Elina joins the group, the tour culminates in a small concert by the proprietors. The concert covers the Finlandia Anthem, Paavo’s hymn, and Nocturne or O sole mio.

Useful information

Catering
The visits can include buffet catering, because the house has a catering kitchen of its own.

Shopping
At the end of each visit, the guests have an opportunity to buy Finnish hand-made liquorice and chocolate, Aalto silver jewellery, Villa slippers and Johan&Nyström coffee or tea from Villa Kokkonen’s shop.

Tour on the map

Sites included in this trip

Tour at Aalto's Villa Kokkonen in Järvenpää, photo Mestart Oy

Alvar Aalto’s Villa Kokkonen

Järvenpää

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…

Information on this trip

Good to know

Villa Kokkonen is located 41 km from Helsinki on the western side of Lake Tuusulanjärvi on the border between Järvenpää and Tuusula. Local trains take 36 minutes to run from Helsinki to Järvenpää, and from the Järvenpää railway station it is just a five minute drive to Villa Kokkonen. Thanks to good road connections, Villa Kokkonen is also easily reachable along Tuusulantie road or Lahti motorway.

Private cars are parked at the parking area shared by Järvenpää War Veterans and Villa Kokkonen, located about 40 metres from Villa Kokkonen. Villa Kokkonen’s yard area is always kept clear of cars. You can stop for a while in the yard, but not park there.

When you arrive at Villa Kokkonen by bus, you can park the bus at the side of the road in front of Villa Kokkonen so that the nose of the bus is approximately at the point of our mailbox. Antti will give the driver more detailed parking information.

Visitors walk inside Villa Kokkonen with their shoes off. Guests should take along their own woollen socks, slippers or another pair of indoor shoes. Stiletto heels are prohibited to protect the soft pine floor and some valuable carpets.

Example price 12–37 € / person

Read more on the guided tours and services on the Villa Kokkonen website.

Prices:

  • Tour of Alvar Aalto’s Villa Kokkonen 12 € per person
  • Coffee with cake 5 € per person
  • Buffet meal + coffee with cake 20 € per person

The prices include value-added tax.

Inquiries and bookings

Example price 12–37 € / person

Read more on the guided tours and services on the Villa Kokkonen website.

Prices:

  • Tour of Alvar Aalto’s Villa Kokkonen 12 € per person
  • Coffee with cake 5 € per person
  • Buffet meal + coffee with cake 20 € per person

The prices include value-added tax.

Alvar Aalto’s Villa Kokkonen / Mestart Oy