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.
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
In addition to our Standard tour, it is possible to book a themed tour at the Sanatorium. Choose your favourite from the themes below.
Duration of a theme tour is 2 hours.
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?
Photography & sketching
Would you like more time to take photos or make sketches? Our guides show you the most photogenic corners and rooms. Smaller groups might even have time to visit areas that normally are closed for visitors. Sketching tours are popular among architect students – you’ll have more time in each room to see, draw and photograph the details. The tour can be tailor made, according to your wishes.
More info on all the Paimio Sanatorium tours
Experience Alvar Aalto’s modern masterpiece with all your senses.
Paimio Sanatorium was finished at 1933 and it functioned as tuberculosis sanatorium for decades. It is a masterpiece by Alvar Aalto. Building itself is a healing element.
On our tour you’ll get to see this wonderful architecture from inside and also furniture and lamps that were designed for this building. Sanatorium was designed to be completely functional – for patients and staff both. Even colors follow the function of the room.
All tours with the guide! Without a guide admiring the building outside is possible, but remember NOT to take any photos of the people there. You can take photos of the building, but there can’t be any people in your photos that can be even remotely identified. This rule is strict to protect families staying in Sanatorium. Inside only entrance hall is public space.
See more information about the guided tours here.
The Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Children and Young People Mannerheim League for Child Welfare started at the Paimio Sanatorium on 1st of April 2014.
The Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Children and Young People was established in 2000 by the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare. Both the League and the Foundation are non-profit-making, non-governmental organizations concerned with child welfare and child protection as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of Children and in the objectives of the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
The Foundation’s work concentrates on children and young people with chronic illnesses, injuries or psychosocial and developmental disorders and on their families.
Contact us to arrange your visit at Paimio Sanatorium!