The memorandum of association of the Paimio Sanatorium Foundation was signed on 27 October 2020. The foundation was founded by the Hospital District of Southwest Finland, the State of Finland, the Alvar Aalto Foundation, the Municipality of Paimio and the City of Turku. The Minister of Science and Culture Annika Saarikko and the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen signed the memorandum on behalf of the State.
According to the rules of the foundation, the purpose of the Paimio Sanatorium Foundation will be to protect the sanatorium’s facilities and movable assets, as well as its architecturally and culturally significant intellectual and material property and the related values.
The State has committed to provide the foundation with an initial capital of 500 000 euro and finance the foundation with a minimum of 2.5 million euro in the next four years. This additional funding is non-recurring. The Alvar Aalto Foundation, the Municipality of Paimio and the City of Turku will grant the foundation with an initial capital of 30 000 euro each.
The owner of the Paimio Sanatorium, the council of joint authority of the Hospital District of Southern Finland, will hand over the sanatorium’s facilities, including both buildings and movable assets, to the foundation.
A new web service built around Alvar Aalto’s architecture, visit.alvaraalto.fi, has been launched to serve visitors in all regions of Finland. The site offers a fascinating, representative selection of Aalto’s designs from various decades and parts of the country. Along with architectural sites, the service features high-quality travel services that invite visitors to explore local cultural history, natural attractions, accommodation and local foods.
The routes spotlight Aalto’s output and other sights and experiences from the Helsinki region to nearby Espoo, Järvenpää and Lahti – and as far north as Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland. Old industrial areas such as Sunila in Kotka, Inkeroinen in Kouvola and Summa in Hamina along the River Kymi, the Ahlström Works in Noormarkku, Pori and Kauttua, Eura, as well as the Varkaus region on the shores of Lake Saimaa, all tell the story of Aalto’s work with the Finnish wood-processing industry and in housing design.
The route’s selections include some of the architect’s earliest and latest designs in Alajärvi and Seinäjoki, along with pearls of modern architecture in Turku and Paimio. The many Aalto sites in Jyväskylä include the museum that bears his name, which offers a deep dive into Aalto’s extensive output and personal history.
The visit.alvaraalto.fi site makes it easier to plan trips with practical information such as opening hours and location maps for each site, travel timetables and travel agency contact details.
Paimion parantola kiinteistö Oy (company for Paimio Sanatorium property management) was founded in 2020. Its purpose is to secure and maintain the property and furniture of the Paimio sanatorium and to develop new purposes for the use for the building’s premises on an economically sustainable basis within the framework of the building’s protection regulations. All development of the operations will honor and respect the Alvar and Aino Aalto’s architecture and its cultural and historical value.