Paimio is an insignificant village close to Salo (near Turku), but it is where you find another architecture pearl by Alvar Aalto: the former tuberculosis sanatorium. Apparently before the ATBs were used in fighting tuberculosis in the 1950s, people had been often sent to these, errr, sanatoriums where they were treated with fresh air, high hygiene standards, fresh colours and proper food. Every third patient did not quite make it, but hey, it was a way to stop the disease from spreading at least.
Nevertheless, the sanatorium made Aalto famous abroad – functionalism at its best, practical AND pretty. Oh and the atmosphere is stunning. I could not stop thinking that there is TB bacteria hiding somewhere.
But in fact after the scientist found more efficient ways to defeat TB, the sanatorium was used as a “normal” hospital for 40 years since the 1970s. The hospital closed a few year ago and parts of it have been rented by MLL afterwards. Some activities take place in some parts of the sanatorium during the weekedays, which means that the hospital at the weekend – when the guided tours take place – feels superempty and exciting.
Well, havea look for yourself.
Fresh pine-scented air and sun – sounds legit.
Aalto waves, fresh, bright colours, absence of corners for hygiene reasons.
The 1970s meet Aalto.
Aaltos none functioning tile stove – a slight design fail 😉 the smoke does not really sink down, does it…
Hygienic lights. Chapel and social room in one.
FreE toilet boot and a smart door handle which won’t catch your sleeve.
Spitter and “silent” hand sinks.
Young scared birdy in the garden… we let her be.