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Villa Mairea, Noormarkku

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Villa Mairea is a villa, guest-house, and rural retreat designed and built by the Finnish modernist architect Alvar Aalto for Harry and Maire Gullichsen in Noormarkku, Finland. The building was constructed in 1938–1939.

The Gullichsens were a wealthy couple and members of the Ahlström family. They told Aalto that he should regard it as 'an experimental house'. Aalto seems to have treated the house as an opportunity to bring together all the themes that had been preoccupying him in his work to that point but had not been able to include them in actual buildings.

Today, Villa Mairea is considered one of the most important buildings Aalto designed in his career.
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  • I was lucky enough to have recently been on a private tour of the interior of Villa Mairea Alvar Aalto’s stunning and seminal 1930s house designed for wealthy friends/ clients, in the beautiful...  more »
  • Annika Öhman is the worst guide we have ever met. She is not interested in what she is explaining (at least it seems). Moreover she is always looking the clock... Luckily, Aino and Alvar Aalto...  more »
  • We visited Villa Mairea as a part of a study excursion and I guess it was a must-see-place for many of us studying or working in the field of art history. We had reserved a guided tour, which was for....  more »
  • Incredible Finnish architecture. Built in 1939, Villa Mairea was 30 years ahead of its time in many aspects. Guided tours available several days every week!
  • A place I have always dreamed of. Amazing, beautiful.. a dream
  • Great architecture and beautiful interior but the staff is a bit rude, pushing our group out half an hour before our scheduled visit had ended. Also no interior photos allowed :(
  • Stunning piece of architecture and interior design of Alvar and Aino Aalto. Beautiful back garden. Dont follow the driving direction of Google Maps, which led to the closed road, but look at the arrival instruction on Villa Mairea's own website.
  • The house is a marvellous piece of great architect Alvar Aalto but, unfortunately, people in charge are rude and very little understanding. Today, July 23, we were about 25 minutes late to our scheduled visit, which was ment to last about 40 minutes ( becuse the directions are unclear and the place is difficult to find) and we weren't allowed in, eventhough we explained we had come all the way from Spain, it was a dream for us and we begged for a little empathy. The staff told us it was their policy ( although neither had we been informed nor it is mentioned on their web). Sometimes being so strict can verge on inhumanity.

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