The Evidence: Healthy Architecture Discussion event at Paimio Sanatorium

UPDATE:  This program is now available at BBC World Service online service:



On Sunday 7th April at 15.00-16.30

BBC World Service and Wellcome Collection present The Evidence: Healthy Architecture in collaboration with Paimio Sanitorium and Magni Mundi

Come and listen in to the recording of a BBC World Service radio programme exploring the Paimio TB Sanitorium from an architectural, historical and contemporary health perspective. This discussion event is inspired by Wellcome Collection’s  recent ‘Living with Buildings’ exhibition, which explored the relationship between architecture and health. There will be the opportunity for the audience to join the conversation and ask their questions.

Confirmed speakers:
Heini Hakosalo, Tommi Lindh and Laura Arpiainen

This programme is part of ‘The Evidence, a series produced by the BBC World Service and Wellcome Collection to explore the challenges our world face today. The recordings of The Evidence 2019 will be broadcast on the BBC World Service on 20 April, 27 April and 4 May.

Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library in London that aims to challenge how we all think and feel about health. Their recent Living with Buildings exhibition featured the  Paimio Sanitorium, including a new artist commission by Giles Round. Their Global Clinic exhibition is open until 24 April.

Free event, only limited number of seats available. Pre-booking mandatory: Book your seat for the discussion event here

The Discussion Event will be preceded by guided tours starting at 13.00. Magni Mundi  is organising tours both in English and in Finnish.  More information on tours here.

Book your guided tour here

Paimio Sanatorium -Theme Tours

In addition to our Standard tour, it is possible to book a themed tour at the Sanatorium. Choose your favourite from the themes below.

Theme Tours 

Young architects Alvar and Aino Aalto
Your guide tells you more about the ideals behind the architecture. Alvar and Aino were about 30 years old while designing Paimio Sanatorium. Why have they chosen these railings, windows or door handles for this building? What is the idea behind these various forms?

Furniture at Paimio Sanatorium
Paimio Sanatorium was finished two years before Artek – furniture company was founded. Aaltos designed all the furniture, lamps and so on for this large building. During  this theme tour we concentrate on details of the furniture and talk about manufacturing. Why are there so many different chairs?

Cultural history of Sanatorium
What was is like to be a patient at Paimio Sanatorium in different decades? What was Finland like in 1930s when the Sanatorium was built and how is it reflected on the architecture? Your guide will tell you stories about how  alcohol was smuggled to the Sanatorium and how people living around the Sanatorium felt about it. 

Tuberculosis and its treatments
This theme concentrates on medical side of the Sanatorium history. What kind of disease is tuberculosis and how was it treated in different decades? What was it like to be a patient at Paimio Sanatorium? How architecture would help to fight this deadly disease?

Duration of a theme tour is 2 hours.

Tours in Paimio



Possible to arrange all year round.

We’ll visit local handcrafters and their workshops around Paimio. Possibility to buy handicrafts and art during our tour. Tour either starts or ends at Handicraft museum Miila where you’ll have a guided tour.

Duration of this tour depends on how many places you’d like to visit.


Possible to arrange June-August.

This tour takes you to see beautiful countryside, statue forest by local artist and shopping in farms. You can buy local products from where they are produced.

In the middle of this tour we visit a small café with wonderful garden.


Possible to arrange all year round.

You can book this tour separately or connect this as part of your “Day at Paimio” -package.

Paimio has long history from Stone Age to modern time. It used to be a market place for traders from Estonia, Germany and so on – already long before Turku, Finland’s oldest city, was founded. With this tour you’ll visit three church places, wonder weird street names and see the mountain where giants live. Guide will tell you the most interesting things of Paimio you didn’t know you wanted to know.


Walking tours are 2-3 km long and there are benches where you can sit while listening the guide.


Possible to arrange all year around.

Guide leads you to see city as living and ever-growing entity with buildings from many centuries coming together and forming a unique city center.  Buildings in Paimio center range from 17th century to present day – oldest building is our church and newest the parish office.


Possible to arrange all year around.

With a guide you get to hear stories behind statues at city center. Many statues represent some bigger fenomena so with this tour you don’t only learn who made what and when but also lots about Finnish culture.



Includes Paimio Sanatorium, Electricity Museum, Handicraft Museum Miila, lunch and one guided tour of your choosing. It can be “history of Paimio” -bus tour, one of our walking tours, visiting a hydroelectric plant or something completely different. Contact us and we’ll make your day at Paimio unforgettable!


We organize guided tours at the Paimio Sanatorium. For more information click here.