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Address: Riihitie 20, Helsinki 00330, Finland

The home of famous Alvar Altotel +358 (0)9 481 350 riihitie@alvaraalto.fi...

The home of famous Alvar Altotel +358 (0)9 481 350 riihitie@alvaraalto.fi Alvar Aalto 1936

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Alvar Aalto House - a gem of nordic modernist architecture

Visiting Finnish architect Alvar Aaltos home and studio in Helsinki is memorable because the space has been kept very much as it was in his time. The dialogue of the architecture... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pia R
Helsinki, Finland
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting Finnish architect Alvar Aaltos home and studio in Helsinki is memorable because the space has been kept very much as it was in his time. The dialogue of the architecture with the views of the garden in the work / living spaces inside are beautiful. So are many of the details of the private living areas of the house.... More 

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Toulouse, France
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like architecture and even if you don't know Aalto it's worth the shot. The house is splendid and the guide excellent. Nice neighborhood with the sea very close. Only on guided visits, see the website for the timetable. You can come without booking if it's a quiet day.

Thank Lews31
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Interesting visit as you get a glimpse of how the Aaltos furnished their home. In that sense different from e.g. the large Aalto museum in Jyväskylää. There are fixed hours for the guided visits and unless you attend in time, you will not get in. The guide was very introverted at first but then subsequently loosened up, obviously fond of... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Went to Aalto House and fascinated by the contents of the house as well as the entire philosophy underpinning the design decisions by the husband and wife pair of Alvar and Aino/Elissa Aalto. The ticket at 18 euro is expensive but worth it if you are an architectural buff.

Thank KamalMamat
Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

When Aalto designed this small house for his young family in the 1930's he wasn't yet so famous and well off, in case you wonder why it is so small and rather crowded. The location is now central Munkkiniemi but back then it was open landscape with a view to the sea. The ground floor is divided into study, living... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

Great tour with insights into Aalto's life and his design ideas. Also visit the studio a short stroll away and go down by the water for a coffee in the cafe there.

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Espoo, Southern Finland, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

This office of Alvar Aalto shows how cosy an office can be. Guides can tell you interesting stories about the famous architect and his wives. Be curious and ask!

Thank Helena S
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Reviewed 24 December 2016

The Aalto House is a museum built in the former home of Alvar Aalto, the most famous Finnish architect (1898-1976). The building is a transition work by Aalto, between his periods of White Functionalism and Romantic Functionalism, and it was finished in 1936. The furniture is original, and many solutions seem rather modern even today. There are regular guided tours... More 

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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

We were extremely looking forward to visiting the house on our one day in Helsinki. Having made the journey we discovered the house was only open at 3 times during the day. We happened to be 5minutes late for the final viewing/tour of the day. The guide did not let us in or acknowledge we were waiting outside. This was... More 

Thank Pstar1
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We were actually unable to go inside despite our special trip since the place has a meager schedule to be open. We were able to wall entirely around it and get a sense of the house itself. It is lovely and the design has weathered the years as has the actual structure it seems. It is easy to get to... More 

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