Sign the Appeal: Alvar Aalto´s Paimio Sanatorium
by Alvar Aalto, Paimio, Finland, 1929 - 1933
DATE: 30/8/2018

The Paimio Tuberculosis Sanatorium was designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto, between 1929 and 1933, in the Southwest of Finland. 

The modern and humanist design of the building, its interiors and its furniture, carefully tailored to the needs of tuberculosis patients, was soon recognised by peers, internationally.  

"Tuberculosis was a killing disease. To bring relief, everything in the architecture served the patient.
The building was located in a healing pine forest. New furniture was designed using wood, a material with life, instead of cold steel. Patient’s rooms were painted with therapeutic colors instead of dull hospital tones.

The main structure is a radical concrete pillar system, visible as part of the façade.
Alvar and Aino Aalto designed a healing entity, everything from the buildings to hand washing basins.

As tuberculosis was overcome with antibiotics, the Sanatorium became an ordinary hospital. It served well until recent times. It is now considered outdated for hospital use.
The owner, a hospital district including many municipalities, has put Paimio for sale.

The buildings are robust and can take a wide palette of activities. However, new use should be chosen so that it does not destroy the still existing entity of original architecture, interiors and furniture. Paimio is an integrated oeuvre d’art of architecture: only when all these parts are kept together, do they show the its beauty and wisdom of this masterpiece of modernism.

We are kindly asking you to sign this appeal to emphasize that the new owner should find uses that respect the architecture of Alvar and Aino Aalto’s masterpiece.
The best way to guarantee this is the guidance of the expert architects in the Alvar Aalto Foundation.

Please indicate your support by sending your names with e-mail addresses to paimio@alvaraalto.fi"

Docomomo International would like to express its full support to the on-going efforts to protect the Paimio Sanatorium integrity, certain that compatible ideas for its new use should be contemplated.

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